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Kr??ppel-like factor 11 regulates the expression of metabolic genes via an evolutionarily conserved protein interaction domain functionally disrupted in maturity onset diabetes of the young. J Biol Chem 2013 Jun 14;288(24):17745-58



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2-s2.0-84879068306   21 Citations


The function of Kr??ppel-like factor 11 (KLF11) in the regulation of metabolic pathways is conserved from flies to human. Alterations in KLF11 function result in maturity onset diabetes of the young 7 (MODY7) and neonatal diabetes; however, the mechanisms underlying the role of this protein in metabolic disorders remain unclear. Here, we investigated how the A347S genetic variant, present in MODY7 patients, modulates KLF11 transcriptional activity. A347S affects a previously identified transcriptional regulatory domain 3 (TRD3) for which co-regulators remain unknown. Structure-oriented sequence analyses described here predicted that the KLF11 TRD3 represents an evolutionarily conserved protein domain. Combined yeast two-hybrid and protein array experiments demonstrated that the TRD3 binds WD40, WWI, WWII, and SH3 domain-containing proteins. Using one of these proteins as a model, guanine nucleotide-binding protein I?2 (GI?2), we investigated the functional consequences of KLF11 coupling to a TRD3 binding partner. Combined immunoprecipitation and biomolecular fluorescence complementation assays confirmed that activation of three different metabolic G protein-coupled receptors (I?-adrenergic, secretin, and cholecystokinin) induces translocation of GI?2 to the nucleus where it directly binds KLF11 in a manner that is disrupted by the MODY7 A347S variant. Using genome-wide expression profiles, we identified metabolic gene networks impacted upon TRD3 disruption. Furthermore, A347S disrupted KLF11-mediated increases in basal insulin levels and promoter activity and blunted glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Thus, this study characterizes a novel protein/protein interaction domain disrupted in a KLF gene variant that associates to MODY7, contributing to our understanding of gene regulation events in complex metabolic diseases.

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Lomberk G, Grzenda A, Mathison A, Escande C, Zhang JS, Calvo E, Miller LJ, Iovanna J, Chini EN, Fernandez-Zapico ME, Urrutia R


Gwen Lomberk PhD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Angela Mathison PhD Assistant Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Raul A. Urrutia MD Center Director, Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Amino Acid Sequence
Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins
CHO Cells
Cell Cycle Proteins
Conserved Sequence
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Evolution, Molecular
GTP-Binding Protein beta Subunits
Gene Expression Regulation
Gene Regulatory Networks
Molecular Sequence Data
Mutation, Missense
Promoter Regions, Genetic
Protein Binding
Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs
Repressor Proteins
Signal Transduction
Transcription, Genetic
Two-Hybrid System Techniques