Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2010, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (2): 71-75.doi: 10.1016/S1001-9294(10)60025-9

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Role of Acetylated p53 in Regulating the Expression of map2 in Retinoic Acid-induced P19 Cells

Li Zhang, Li Yan, Ye Zhang*, Ning-hua Wu, and Yu-fei Shen*   

  1. National Laboratory of Medical Molecular Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100005, China
  • Received:2010-05-07 Online:2010-06-10 Published:2010-06-10
  • About author:Yu-fei Shen Tel: 86-10-65295939, Fax: 86-10-65299665

Abstract: Objective To investigate the regulatory mechanisms of acetylated p53 in the expression of microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP2) in neuronal differentiation of P19 cells induced by all-trans retinoic acid (RA). Methods Neuronal differentiation of P19 cells was initiated with 4-day RA treatment. Immunofluorescence, real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay, and map2 promoter driven luciferase assay were performed to detect the expression and relative promoter activity of MAP2 in those RA-treated cells. Real-time PCR-based chromatin immunoprecipitation assay (ChIP) was carried out to reveal the specific recruitment of acetylated p53 onto its binding sites on map2 promoter. Results The expression of MAP2 was markedly increased in RA-induced P19 cells. The map2 mRNA increased 34-fold after 4 days of RA treatment and 730-fold 2 days after the treatment, compared with the cells without RA treatment (control). p53 was recruited to the promoter of map2 gene in acetylated form and thereby enhanced its promoter activity. p300/CBP associated factor (PCAF) was found induced in RA-treated cells and enriched in the nucleus, which might contribute to the acetylation of p53 in the regulation of map2 gene. Conclusions Acetylated p53 may participate in regulating the expression of map2 in RA-induced differentiation of P19 cells. PCAF is possibly involved in this process by mediating the acetylation of p53.

Key words: p53, p300/CBP associated factor, microtubule-associated protein-2, retinoic acid, neuronal differentiation


Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (30871382, 30721063), National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (2005CB522405), and Special Funds of State Key Laboratories (2060204).

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