Divergence of the PIERCE1 expression between mice and humans as a p53 target gene

Hye Jeong Kim, Seung Eon Lee, Heeju Na, Jae Seok Roe, Jae Il Roh, Han Woong LeeI

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PIERCE1, p53 induced expression 1 in Rb null cells, is a novel p53 target involved in the DNA damage response and cell cycle in mice. These facts prompted us to study the function of PIERCE1 with respect to p53-associated pathophysiology of cancer in humans. Unexpectedly, PIERCE1 did not respond to overexpression and activation of p53 in humans. In this study, we swapped p53 protein expression in human and mouse cells to find the clue of this difference between species. Human p53 expression in mouse cells upregulated PIERCE1 expression, suggesting that p53-responsive elements on the PIERCE1 promoter are crucial, but not the p53 protein itself. Indeed, in silico analyses of PIERCE1 promoters revealed that p53-responsive elements identified in mice are not conserved in humans. Consistently, chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing (ChIP-seq) analyses confirmed p53 enrichment against the PIERCE1 promoter region in mice, not in human cells. To complement the p53 study in mice, further promoter analyses suggested that the human PIERCE1 promoter is more similar to guinea pigs, lemurs, and dogs than to rodents. Taken together, our results confirm the differential responsiveness of PIERCE1 expression to p53 due to species differences in PIERCE1 promoters. The results also show partial dissimilarity after p53 induction between mice and humans.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0236881
JournalPloS one
Issue number8 August
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF; https://www.nrf.re.kr/eng/index) funded by the Korean government (MEST; 2018R1A2A1A05022746 and 2017R1A4A1015328) to Han-Woong Lee. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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© 2020 Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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