Glucocorticoids regulate the transcription of Na+-K+-ATPase genes in the infant rat kidney

Z. M. Wang, M. Yasui, G. Celsi

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Glucocorticoids modulate the maturation of Na+-K+-ATPase mRNA in a tissue- and age-dependent manner. In this study, we report the effect of glucocorticoids on Na+-K+-ATPase gene transcription in the infant rat kidney. Ten-day-old rats were treated with one intraperitoneal injection of betamethasone. In glucocorticoid-treated rats, there was a significant increase in renal cortical α1- and β1-mRNAs (3.08 ± 0.34- and 4.06 ± 0.10-fold). Pretreatment with cycloheximide, an inhibitor of protein synthesis, did not abolish the increase in α1- and β1-mRNA after glucocorticoids. The α1- and β1-gene transcription rates were significantly increased in nuclei isolated from kidneys of glucocorticoid- treated rat (2.16 ± 0.05- and 3.12 ± 0.50-fold). Interaction between nuclear proteins and Na+-K+-ATPase α1-promoter was studied by gel retardation assay. Nuclear protein from glucocorticoid-treated rats retarded a fragment of α1-promoter that includes a half-consensus glucocorticoid response element (GRE) at position -750 bp but did not retard a fragment including a half-consensus GRE at position -481. Retardation of α1- promoter was inhibited by incubation with molar excess of GRE or with a monoclonal antibody against glucocorticoid receptor. We conclude that in the infant kidney, glucocorticoids directly stimulate the transcription of α1- and β1-Na+-K+-ATPase subunits. It is likely that the binding of glucocorticoid receptor to α1-Na+-K+-ATPase promoter requires the presence of an auxiliary factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C450-C455
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number2 36-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • glucocorticoid receptor
  • transcriptional factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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