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CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β regulates expression of Indian hedgehog during chondrocytes differentiation.

Ushijima T, Okazaki K, Tsushima H, Ishihara K, Doi T, Iwamoto Y - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: Conversely, knockdown of C/EBPβ by lentivirus expressing shRNA significantly repressed Ihh and Runx2 in ATDC5 cells.Moreover, reporter assays demonstrated that RUNX2 failed to stimulate the transcriptional activity of the Ihh promoter harboring a mutation at the C/EBPβ binding site.Ex vivo organ culture of mouse limbs transfected with C/EBPβ showed that the expression of Ihh and RUNX2 was increased upon ectopic C/EBPβ expression.

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Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

ABSTRACT

Background: CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ) is a transcription factor that promotes hypertrophic differentiation of chondrocytes. Indian hedgehog (Ihh) also stimulates the hypertrophic transition of chondrocytes. Furthermore, runt-related transcription factor-2 (RUNX2) was reported to regulate chondrocyte maturation during skeletal development and to directly regulate transcriptional activity of Ihh. In this study, we investigated whether the interaction of C/EBPβ and RUNX2 regulates the expression of Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.

Methodology/results: Immunohistochemistry of embryonic growth plate revealed that both C/EBPβ and Ihh were strongly expressed in pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. Overexpression of C/EBPβ by adenovirus vector in ATDC5 cells caused marked stimulation of Ihh and Runx2. Conversely, knockdown of C/EBPβ by lentivirus expressing shRNA significantly repressed Ihh and Runx2 in ATDC5 cells. A reporter assay revealed that C/EBPβ stimulated transcriptional activity of Ihh. Deletion and mutation analysis showed that the C/EBPβ responsive element was located between -214 and -210 bp in the Ihh promoter. An electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) and a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay also revealed the direct binding of C/EBPβ to this region. Moreover, reporter assays demonstrated that RUNX2 failed to stimulate the transcriptional activity of the Ihh promoter harboring a mutation at the C/EBPβ binding site. EMSA and ChIP assays showed that RUNX2 interacted to this element with C/EBPβ. Immunoprecipitation revealed that RUNX2 and C/EBPβ formed heterodimer complex with each other in the nuclei of chondrocytes. These data suggested that the C/EBPβ binding element is also important for RUNX2 to regulate the expression of Ihh. Ex vivo organ culture of mouse limbs transfected with C/EBPβ showed that the expression of Ihh and RUNX2 was increased upon ectopic C/EBPβ expression.

Conclusions: C/EBPβ and RUNX2 cooperatively stimulate expression of Ihh through direct interactions with a C/EBPβ binding element, which further promotes hypertrophic differentiation of chondrocytes during the chondrocyte differentiation process.

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Expression patterns of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.Upper limbs obtained from mouse embryos (E16.5) were subject to immunohistochemistry with Ihh, C/EBPβ and RUNX2 antibodies. Tissue stained with IgG is shown as a negative control. Hematoxylin was used as a counterstain. Red, green and blue bars indicate the proliferative, pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic zones, respectively. Scale bar, 500 µm. Data are representative of two independent experiments performed in duplicate.
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pone-0104547-g001: Expression patterns of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.Upper limbs obtained from mouse embryos (E16.5) were subject to immunohistochemistry with Ihh, C/EBPβ and RUNX2 antibodies. Tissue stained with IgG is shown as a negative control. Hematoxylin was used as a counterstain. Red, green and blue bars indicate the proliferative, pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic zones, respectively. Scale bar, 500 µm. Data are representative of two independent experiments performed in duplicate.

Mentions: To confirm the endogenous expression of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh, immunohistochemistry was performed using upper limbs obtained from E16.5 mice embryos (Figure 1). Both C/EBPβ and RUNX2 were weakly expressed by proliferative chondrocytes, but strongly expressed by pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. Similarly, Ihh expression was detected in pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. The similar distribution of C/EBPβ and Ihh in the growth plate suggested that C/EBPβ could be involved in the regulation of Ihh during differentiation from proliferative to hypertrophic chondrocytes.


CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β regulates expression of Indian hedgehog during chondrocytes differentiation.

Ushijima T, Okazaki K, Tsushima H, Ishihara K, Doi T, Iwamoto Y - PLoS ONE (2014)

Expression patterns of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.Upper limbs obtained from mouse embryos (E16.5) were subject to immunohistochemistry with Ihh, C/EBPβ and RUNX2 antibodies. Tissue stained with IgG is shown as a negative control. Hematoxylin was used as a counterstain. Red, green and blue bars indicate the proliferative, pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic zones, respectively. Scale bar, 500 µm. Data are representative of two independent experiments performed in duplicate.
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pone-0104547-g001: Expression patterns of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.Upper limbs obtained from mouse embryos (E16.5) were subject to immunohistochemistry with Ihh, C/EBPβ and RUNX2 antibodies. Tissue stained with IgG is shown as a negative control. Hematoxylin was used as a counterstain. Red, green and blue bars indicate the proliferative, pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic zones, respectively. Scale bar, 500 µm. Data are representative of two independent experiments performed in duplicate.
Mentions: To confirm the endogenous expression of C/EBPβ, RUNX2 and Ihh, immunohistochemistry was performed using upper limbs obtained from E16.5 mice embryos (Figure 1). Both C/EBPβ and RUNX2 were weakly expressed by proliferative chondrocytes, but strongly expressed by pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. Similarly, Ihh expression was detected in pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. The similar distribution of C/EBPβ and Ihh in the growth plate suggested that C/EBPβ could be involved in the regulation of Ihh during differentiation from proliferative to hypertrophic chondrocytes.

Bottom Line: Conversely, knockdown of C/EBPβ by lentivirus expressing shRNA significantly repressed Ihh and Runx2 in ATDC5 cells.Moreover, reporter assays demonstrated that RUNX2 failed to stimulate the transcriptional activity of the Ihh promoter harboring a mutation at the C/EBPβ binding site.Ex vivo organ culture of mouse limbs transfected with C/EBPβ showed that the expression of Ihh and RUNX2 was increased upon ectopic C/EBPβ expression.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

ABSTRACT

Background: CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ) is a transcription factor that promotes hypertrophic differentiation of chondrocytes. Indian hedgehog (Ihh) also stimulates the hypertrophic transition of chondrocytes. Furthermore, runt-related transcription factor-2 (RUNX2) was reported to regulate chondrocyte maturation during skeletal development and to directly regulate transcriptional activity of Ihh. In this study, we investigated whether the interaction of C/EBPβ and RUNX2 regulates the expression of Ihh during chondrocyte differentiation.

Methodology/results: Immunohistochemistry of embryonic growth plate revealed that both C/EBPβ and Ihh were strongly expressed in pre-hypertrophic and hypertrophic chondrocytes. Overexpression of C/EBPβ by adenovirus vector in ATDC5 cells caused marked stimulation of Ihh and Runx2. Conversely, knockdown of C/EBPβ by lentivirus expressing shRNA significantly repressed Ihh and Runx2 in ATDC5 cells. A reporter assay revealed that C/EBPβ stimulated transcriptional activity of Ihh. Deletion and mutation analysis showed that the C/EBPβ responsive element was located between -214 and -210 bp in the Ihh promoter. An electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) and a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay also revealed the direct binding of C/EBPβ to this region. Moreover, reporter assays demonstrated that RUNX2 failed to stimulate the transcriptional activity of the Ihh promoter harboring a mutation at the C/EBPβ binding site. EMSA and ChIP assays showed that RUNX2 interacted to this element with C/EBPβ. Immunoprecipitation revealed that RUNX2 and C/EBPβ formed heterodimer complex with each other in the nuclei of chondrocytes. These data suggested that the C/EBPβ binding element is also important for RUNX2 to regulate the expression of Ihh. Ex vivo organ culture of mouse limbs transfected with C/EBPβ showed that the expression of Ihh and RUNX2 was increased upon ectopic C/EBPβ expression.

Conclusions: C/EBPβ and RUNX2 cooperatively stimulate expression of Ihh through direct interactions with a C/EBPβ binding element, which further promotes hypertrophic differentiation of chondrocytes during the chondrocyte differentiation process.

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