Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Clin Invest. 1996 Jan 15;97(2):388-95.

Regulation of transforming growth factor-beta 1 expression by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) X transactivator. Role in HBV pathogenesis.

Author information

  • 1Laboratory of Chemoprevention, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


TGF-beta 1 has been implicated in the pathogenesis of liver disease. The high frequency of detection of the hepatitis B virus X (HBx) antigen in liver cells from patients with chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer suggested that expression of HBx and TGF-beta 1 may be associated. To test this possibility, we examined the expression of TGF-beta 1 in the liver of transgenic mice expressing the HBx gene. We show that the patterns of expression of TGF-beta 1 and Hbx protein are similar in these mice and that HBx activates transcription of the TGF-beta 1 gene in transfected hepatoma cells. The cis-acting element within the TGF-beta 1 gene that is responsive to regulation by Hbx is the binding site for the Egr family of transcription factors. We further show that the Egr-1 protein associates with the HBx protein, allowing HBx to participate in the transcriptional regulation of immediate-early genes. Our results suggest that expression of Hbx might induce expression of TGF-beta 1 in the early stages of infection and raise the possibility that TGF-beta 1 may play a role in hepatitis B virus pathogenesis.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Journal of Clinical Investigation Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk