Down-regulation of negative acute-phase response genes by hypotonic stress in HepG2 hepatoma cells

Sophie Claeyssens, Fatima Banine, Philippe Rouet, Alain Lavoinne, Jean Philippe Salier

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An increased hepatocellular hydration state (HS) that can be induced by hypotonic stress or a high glutamine uptake modulates the transcription of given genes in liver. This could be important in the acute phase (AP) of a systemic inflammation where both HS and glutamine uptake transiently increase in liver. In HepG2 hepatoma cells cultured in conditions of hypotonic stress or a high extracellular glutamine availability, a specifically decreased expression of two human mRNAs, namely those of α1-microglobulin/bikunin precursor (AMBP) and α2-HS-glycoprotein, that are also down-regulated in liver by AP, could be seen. A functional analysis of the AMBP promoter indicated that this hypotonic stress-induced down-regulation takes place at a transcriptional level. In these experiments, the mRNA level and transcription of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene that are known to be unmodified in AP did not exhibit any change. Given that hypotonic stress also up-regulates the transcription of a liver gene that is also up-regulated in AP [Meisse et al. (1998) FEBS Lett. 422, 346-348], the AP-associated increase in hepatocellular HS now appears to participate in the transcriptional control of both sets of genes that are up- or down-regulated in AP. Copyright (C) 1998 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 14 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute-phase gene
  • Glutamine
  • Hepatoma cell
  • Hydration state
  • Transcriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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