Ligand-independent coregulator recruitment by the triply activatable or1/retinoid x receptor-α nuclear receptor heterodimer

Franziska F. Wiebel, Knut Rune Steffensen, Eckardt Treuter, Dorothee Feltkamp, Jan Åke Gustafsson

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OR1 is a member of the superfamily of steroid/ thyroid hormone nuclear receptors and recognizes DNA as a heterodimer with the 9-cis-retinoic acid receptor RXR (retinoid X receptor). The heterodimeric complex has been shown to be transcriptionally activatable by the RXR ligand as well as certain oxysterols via OR1, but to date uniquely also by heterodimerization itself. Recent studies on other members of the superfamily of nuclear receptors have led to the identification of a number of nuclear receptor-interacting proteins that mediate their regulatory effects on transcription. Here, we address the question of involvement of some of these cofactors in the three modes of activation by the OR1/RXRα complex. We show that in vitro the steroid receptor coactivator SRC-1 can be recruited by RXRα upon addition of its ligand, and to OR1 upon addition of 22(R)-OH-cholesterol, demonstrating that the latter can act as a direct ligand to OR1. Additionally, heterodimerization is sufficient to recruit SRC-1 to OR1/RXRα, indicating SRC-1 as a molecular mediator of dimerization-induced activation. In transfection experiments, coexpression of a nuclear receptor-interacting fragment of SRC-1 abolishes constitutive activation by OR1/RXRα, which can be restored by over-expression of full-length SRC-1. This constitutes evidence for an in vivo role of SRC-1 in dimerization-induced activation by OR1/RXRα. Additionally, we show that the nuclear receptor-interacting protein RIP140 binds in vitro tO OR1 and RXRα with requirements distinct from those of SRC-1, and that binding of the two cofactors is competitive. Taken together, our results suggest a complex modulation of differentially induced transactivation by OR1/RXR coregulatory molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1118
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular Endocrinology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology


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