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Mol Cell. 2014 Jan 9;53(1):127-39. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2013.11.008. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

Chondrocyte proliferation regulated by secreted luminal domain of ER stress transducer BBF2H7/CREB3L2.

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Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, University of Hiroshima, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan.
2
Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, University of Hiroshima, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan. Electronic address: imaizumi@hiroshima-u.ac.jp.

Abstract

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress transducer BBF2H7/CREB3L2 is an ER-resident transmembrane transcription factor. In response to physiological ER stress, it is processed at the transmembrane region to generate a cytoplasmic N terminus, which contains a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) domain, and luminal C terminus. The BBF2H7 N terminus functions as a transcription factor to promote the expression of ER-Golgi trafficking-related genes and plays crucial roles in chondrocyte differentiation. Here, we found that the BBF2H7 C terminus is secreted into the extracellular space as a signaling molecule for cell-to-cell communication. The secreted BBF2H7 C terminus directly binds to both Indian hedgehog and its receptor Patched-1, followed by activation of Hedgehog signaling, resulting in promoting the proliferation of neighboring chondrocytes. The dual N- and C-terminal functions of BBF2H7 triggered by physiological ER stress may allow chondrocytes to simultaneously regulate distinct cellular events for differentiation and proliferation in developing cartilage.

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10.1016/j.molcel.2013.11.008
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