Synergistic gene expression during the acute phase response is characterized by transcription factor assisted loading

I Goldstein, etc
Nature Communicationsvolume, 2017

The cytokines interleukin 1ß and 6 (IL-1ß, IL-6) mediate the acute phase response (APR). In liver, they regulate the secretion of acute phase proteins. Using RNA-seq in primary hepatocytes, we show that these cytokines regulate transcription in a bifurcated manner, leading to both synergistic and antagonistic gene expression. By mapping changes in enhancer landscape and transcription factor occupancy (using ChIP-seq), we show that synergistic gene induction is achieved by assisted loading of STAT3 on chromatin by NF-¿B. With IL-6 treatment alone, STAT3 does not efficiently bind 20% of its coordinated binding sites. In the presence of IL-1ß, NF-¿B is activated, binds a subset of enhancers and primes their activity, as evidenced by increasing H3K27ac. This facilitates STAT3 binding and synergistic gene expression. Our findings reveal an enhancer-specific crosstalk whereby NF-¿B enables STAT3 binding at some enhancers while perturbing it at others. This model reconciles seemingly contradictory reports of NF-¿B-STAT3 crosstalk.

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Nature Communicationsvolume
doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02055-5