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Am J Physiol. 1997 Apr;272(4 Pt 2):F443-50.

Adenylate cyclase-coupled vasopressin receptor activates AQP2 promoter via a dual effect on CRE and AP1 elements.

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Department of Woman and Child Health, Pediatric Unit, St. Goran's Children's Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Vasopressin plays an essential role for the regulation of water balance by activating the collecting duct-specific water channel, aquaporin-2 (AQP2). Here we present evidence that vasopressin may also act as a long-term, transcriptional regulator of AQP2. The studies were performed on LLC-PK1 cells, which normally express V2 receptor (V2R) and which were transfected with a fragment of the human AQP2 promoter. Activation of the adenylate cyclase-coupled V2R in LLC-PK1 cells induced phosphorylation of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) responsive element binding protein (CREB) and expression of c-Fos. Binding of these factors to the CRE and AP1 site did, in combination, lead to AQP2 promoter activation. These results establish the role of vasopressin as a regulator of transcription and are the first example of how a message from a highly specific receptor is, via a dual effect of the cAMP signal on CREB and immediate early gene expression, transduced to the transcription of a final target protein with known biological effects.

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