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Direct Inhibition of TNF-a Promoter Activity by Fanconi Anemia Protein FANCD2
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Author: Nobuko Matsushita et al.

by Nobuko Matsushita, Yujiro Endo, Koichi Sato, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Takayuki Yamashita, Minoru Takata, Shigeru Yanagi

Fanconi anemia (FA), an inherited disease, is associated with progressive bone marrow failure, predisposition to cancer, and genomic instability. Genes corresponding to 15 identified FA complementation groups have been cloned, and each gene product functions in the response to DNA damage induced by cross-linking agents and/or in protection against genome instability. Interestingly, overproduction of inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) and aberrant activation of NF-?B-dependent transcriptional activity have been observed in FA cells. Here we demonstrated that FANCD2 protein inhibits NF-?B activity in its monoubiquitination-dependent manner. Furthermore, we detected a specific association between FANCD2 and an NF-?B consensus element in the TNF-a promoter by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA) and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay. Therefore, we propose FANCD2 deficiency promotes transcriptional activity of the TNF-a promoter and induces overproduction of TNF-which then sustains prolonged inflammatory responses. These results also suggest that artificial modulation of TNFa production could be a promising therapeutic approach to FA.