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J Biol Chem. 2008 Jan 25;283(4):1778-85. Epub 2007 Nov 27.

p38alpha stabilizes interleukin-6 mRNA via multiple AU-rich elements.

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Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1078, USA.


AU-rich elements (AREs) in the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of unstable mRNA dictate their degradation or mediate translational repression. Cell signaling through p38alpha MAPK is necessary for post-transcriptional regulation of many pro-inflammatory cytokines. Here, the cis-acting elements of interleukin-6 (IL-6) 3'-UTR mRNA that required p38alpha signaling for mRNA stability and translation were identified. Using mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from p38alpha(+/+) and p38alpha(-/-) mice, we observed that p38alpha is obligatory for the IL-1-induced IL-6 biosynthesis. IL-6 mRNA stability is promoted by p38alpha via 3'-UTR. To understand the mechanism of cis-elements regulated by p38alpha at post-transcriptional level, truncation of 3'-UTR and the full-length 3'-UTR with individual AUUUA motif mutation placed in gene reporter system was employed. Mutation-based screen performed in p38alpha(+/+) and p38alpha(-/-) mouse embryonic fibroblast cells revealed that ARE1, ARE2, and ARE5 in IL-6 3'-UTR were targeted by p38alpha, and truncation-based screen showed that IL-6 3'-UTR-(56-173) was targeted by p38alpha to stable mRNA. RNA secondary structure analysis indicated that modulated reporter gene expression was consistent with predicted secondary structure changes.

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