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The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Year: 2009  |  Volume: 284  |  Issue: 24  |  Page No.: 16308 - 16316

Enhancer of Polycomb1 Acts on Serum Response Factor to Regulate Skeletal Muscle Differentiation

J. R Kim, H. J Kee, J. Y Kim, H Joung, K. I Nam, G. H Eom, N Choe, H. S Kim, J. C Kim, H Kook, S. B Seo and H. Kook


Skeletal muscle differentiation is well regulated by a series of transcription factors. We reported previously that enhancer of polycomb1 (Epc1), a chromatin protein, can modulate skeletal muscle differentiation, although the mechanisms of this action have yet to be defined. Here we report that Epc1 recruits both serum response factor (SRF) and p300 to induce skeletal muscle differentiation. Epc1 interacted physically with SRF. Transfection of Epc1 to myoblast cells potentiated the SRF-induced expression of skeletal muscle-specific genes as well as multinucleation. Proximal CArG box in the skeletal -actin promoter was responsible for the synergistic activation of the promoter-luciferase. Epc1 knockdown caused a decrease in the acetylation of histones associated with serum response element (SRE) of the skeletal -actin promoter. The Epc1·SRF complex bound to the SRE, and the knockdown of Epc1 resulted in a decrease in SRF binding to the skeletal -actin promoter. Epc1 recruited histone acetyltransferase activity, which was potentiated by cotransfection with p300 but abolished by si-p300. Epc1 directly bound to p300 in myoblast cells. Epc1+/– mice showed distortion of skeletal -actin, and the isolated myoblasts from the mice had impaired muscle differentiation. These results suggest that Epc1 is required for skeletal muscle differentiation by recruiting both SRF and p300 to the SRE of muscle-specific gene promoters.

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