Sp1 binds to the external promoter of the p73 gene and induces the expression of TAp73gamma in lung cancer

Stella Logotheti, Ioannis Michalopoulos, Maria Sideridou, Alexandros Daskalos, Sophia Kossida, Demetrios A Spandidos, John K Field, Borek Vojtesek, Triantafyllos Liloglou, Vassilis Gorgoulis, Vassilis Zoumpourlis

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The p73 gene possesses an extrinsic P1 promoter and an intrinsic P2 promoter, resulting in TAp73 and DeltaNup73 isoforms, respectively. The ultimate effect of p73 in oncogenesis is thought to depend on the apoptotic TA to antiapoptotic DeltaN isoforms' ratio. This study was aimed at identifying novel transcription factors that affect TA isoform synthesis. With the use of bioinformatics tools, in vitro binding assays, and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis, a region extending -233 to -204 bp upstream of the transcription start site of the human p73 P1 promoter, containing conserved Sp1-binding sites, was characterized. Treatment of cells with Sp1 RNAi and Sp1 inhibitor functionally suppress TAp73 expression, indicating positive regulation of P1 by the Sp1 protein. Notably Sp1 inhibition or knockdown also reduces DeltaNup73 protein levels. Therefore, Sp1 directly regulates TAp73 transcription and affects DeltaNup73 levels in lung cancer. TAp73gamma was shown to be the only TA isoform overexpressed in several lung cancer cell lines and in 26 non-small cell lung cancers, consistent with Sp1 overexpression, thereby questioning the apoptotic role of this specific p73 isoform in lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3014-27
Number of pages14
JournalFEBS Journal
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • Base Sequence/genetics
  • Binding Sites/genetics
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Computational Biology
  • Conserved Sequence/genetics
  • DNA/chemistry
  • DNA-Binding Proteins/genetics
  • Down-Regulation/genetics
  • Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms/metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Proteins/genetics
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides/genetics
  • Plicamycin/analogs & derivatives
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic/genetics
  • Protein Binding/genetics
  • Protein Isoforms/genetics
  • RNA, Small Interfering/genetics
  • Sp1 Transcription Factor/antagonists & inhibitors
  • Tumor Protein p73
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins/genetics
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/metabolism


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