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J Biol Chem. 2001 Oct 5;276(40):37659-64. Epub 2001 Jul 30.

Acetylation of steroidogenic factor 1 protein regulates its transcriptional activity and recruits the coactivator GCN5.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Bergen, Bergen N-5009, Norway.


Steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1) is an orphan nuclear receptor that plays an essential role in the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in both sexes. SF-1 belongs to the hormone nuclear receptor superfamily and possesses an N-terminal DNA binding domain and a C-terminal ligand binding domain. Activation function domain 2 is located C-terminal of the ligand binding domain of SF-1 and is important for the transactivation of target genes. Coactivators with histone acetyltransferase activity such as cAMP response element-binding protein-binding protein and steroid receptor coactivator 1 interact and increase SF-1-mediated transcriptional activity. In this study we demonstrate that SF-1 is acetylated in vivo. Histone acetyltransferase GCN5 acetylates SF-1 in vitro. Moreover, we found that SF-1 recruited a novel coactivator GCN5, which can be a newly identified coactivator for SF-1. Acetylation of SF-1 stimulates its transcriptional activity. Inhibition of deacetylation by trichostatin A, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, increased SF-1-mediated transactivation and stabilized and induced the nuclear export of the SF-1 protein.

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