The transcription factor HACA mediates the unfolded protein response in Aspergillus niger, and up-regulates its own transcription

H. J. Mulder, M. Saloheimo, M. Penttilä, S. M. Madrid

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Abstract

The unfolded protein response (UPR) involves a complex signalling pathway in which the transcription factor HACA plays a central role. Here we report the cloning and characterisation of the hacA gene and its product from Aspergillus niger. ER (endoplasmic reticulum) stress results in the splicing of an unconventional 20-nt intron from the A. niger hacA mRNA, and is associated with truncation of the 5′-end of the hacA mRNA by 230 nt. In this study the UPR was triggered by over expressing tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), and by treatment of mycelia with dithiothreitol (DTT) or tunicamycin. Overexpression of the processed form of hacA not only led to the up-regulation of bipA, cypB and pdiA - mimicking the UPR - but also led to the up-regulation of the hacA gene itself. In vitro binding assays confirmed that the HACA protein binds to the promoters of genes encoding ER-localised chaperones and foldases, and to the promoter of the hacA gene itself. Finally, a GFP-HACA fusion was shown to localise in the nucleus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-140
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Genetics and Genomics
Volume271
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Unfolded Protein Response
Aspergillus niger
Transcription Factors
Up-Regulation
Genes
Tunicamycin
Messenger RNA
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Dithiothreitol
Mycelium
Tissue Plasminogen Activator
Endoplasmic Reticulum
Introns
Organism Cloning
Proteins
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Endoplasmic reticulum stress
  • Foldases
  • HACA
  • Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA)
  • Unfolded protein response (UPR)

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