RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1

Cristina M. Ramírez, Chin Sheng Lin, Kotb Abdelmohsen, Leigh Goedeke, Je Hyun Yoon, Julio Madrigal-Matute, Jose L. Martin-Ventura, Dat T. Vo, Philip J. Uren, Luiz O. Penalva, Myriam Gorospe, Carlos Fernández-Hernando

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Abstract

ABCA1 is a major regulator of cellular cholesterol effl ux and plasma HDL biogenesis. Even though the transcriptional activation of ABCA1 is well established, the posttranscriptional regulation of ABCA1 expression is poorly understood. Here, we investigate the potential contribution of the RNA binding protein (RBP) human antigen R (HuR) on the posttranscriptional regulation of ABCA1 expression. RNA immunoprecipitation assays demonstrate a direct interaction between HuR and ABCA1 mRNA. We found that HuR binds to the 3 Πuntranslated region of ABCA1 and increases ABCA1 translation, while HuR silencing reduces ABCA1 expression and cholesterol effl ux to ApoA1 in human hepatic (Huh-7) and monocytic (THP-1) cells. Interestingly, cellular cholesterol levels regulate the expression, intracellular localization, and interaction between HuR and ABCA1 mRNA. Finally, we found that HuR expression was signifi cantly increased in macrophages from human atherosclerotic plaques, suggesting an important role for this RBP in controlling macrophage cholesterol metabolism in vivo. In summary, we have identifi ed HuR as a novel posttranscriptional regulator of ABCA1 expression and cellular cholesterol homeostasis, thereby opening new avenues for increasing cholesterol effl ux from atherosclerotic foam macrophages and raising circulating HDL cholesterol levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1076
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

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RNA-Binding Proteins
Antigens
Cholesterol
Macrophages
Messenger RNA
3' Untranslated Regions
Metabolism
HDL Cholesterol
Foams
Assays
Atherosclerotic Plaques
Immunoprecipitation
Chemical activation
Transcriptional Activation
RNA
Plasmas
Homeostasis
Liver

Keywords

  • ATP binding cassette transporter A1
  • Cholesterol efflux
  • Human antigen R
  • Lipid homeostasis
  • Posttranscriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology

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Ramírez, C. M., Lin, C. S., Abdelmohsen, K., Goedeke, L., Yoon, J. H., Madrigal-Matute, J., ... Fernández-Hernando, C. (2014). RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1. Journal of Lipid Research, 55(6), 1066-1076. https://doi.org/10.1194/jlr.M044925

RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1. / Ramírez, Cristina M.; Lin, Chin Sheng; Abdelmohsen, Kotb; Goedeke, Leigh; Yoon, Je Hyun; Madrigal-Matute, Julio; Martin-Ventura, Jose L.; Vo, Dat T.; Uren, Philip J.; Penalva, Luiz O.; Gorospe, Myriam; Fernández-Hernando, Carlos.

In: Journal of Lipid Research, Vol. 55, No. 6, 06.2014, p. 1066-1076.

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Ramírez, CM, Lin, CS, Abdelmohsen, K, Goedeke, L, Yoon, JH, Madrigal-Matute, J, Martin-Ventura, JL, Vo, DT, Uren, PJ, Penalva, LO, Gorospe, M & Fernández-Hernando, C 2014, 'RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1', Journal of Lipid Research, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 1066-1076. https://doi.org/10.1194/jlr.M044925
Ramírez CM, Lin CS, Abdelmohsen K, Goedeke L, Yoon JH, Madrigal-Matute J et al. RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1. Journal of Lipid Research. 2014 Jun;55(6):1066-1076. https://doi.org/10.1194/jlr.M044925
Ramírez, Cristina M. ; Lin, Chin Sheng ; Abdelmohsen, Kotb ; Goedeke, Leigh ; Yoon, Je Hyun ; Madrigal-Matute, Julio ; Martin-Ventura, Jose L. ; Vo, Dat T. ; Uren, Philip J. ; Penalva, Luiz O. ; Gorospe, Myriam ; Fernández-Hernando, Carlos. / RNA binding protein HuR regulates the expression of ABCA1. In: Journal of Lipid Research. 2014 ; Vol. 55, No. 6. pp. 1066-1076.
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