Interaction of the ligand-activated glucocorticoid receptor with the 14- 3-3η protein

Hideki Wakui, Anthony P.H. Wright, Jan Åke Gustafsson, Johanna Zilliacus

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The glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor. In this study, we used the yeast two-hybrid system to isolate cDNAs encoding proteins that interact with the human GR ligand-binding domain (LBD) in a ligand-dependent manner. One isolated cDNA from a HeLa cell library encoded the COOH-terminal portion of the η-isoform of the 14-3-3 protein (residues 187-246). Glucocorticoid agonists, triamcinolone acetonide and dexamethasone, induced the GR LBD/14-3-3η protein fragment interaction, but an antagonist, RU486, did not. Glutathione S-transferase pull-down experiments in vitro showed that full-length 14-3-3η protein also interacted with the activated GR. Transient transfection studies using COS-7 cells revealed a stimulatory effect of 14-3-3η protein on transcriptional activation by the GR. The 14-3-3 family members have recently been found to associate with a number of important signaling proteins, such as protein kinase C and Raf-1, as functional modulators. Our findings suggest a novel regulatory role of 14-3-3η protein in GR-mediated signaling pathways and also point to a mechanism whereby GR may cross-talk with other signal transduction systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8153-8156
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - Mar 28 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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