The luciferase reporter system of the MMP12 endogenous promoter for investigating transcriptional regulation of the human MMP12 gene

Chunhua Du, Yanqiu Wu, Yurong Ju, Junli Zhao, Peiyan Yang, Qinwen Mao, Haibin Xia*

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Abstract

Background: Matrix metalloproteinase 12 (MMP12), a member of MMPs, can take lots of roles including extracellular matrix component degradation, viral infection, inflammation, tissue remodeling and tumorigenesis. To explore the transcriptional regulation of MMP12 gene, a sensitive luciferase reporter HEK293 cell line for endogenous MMP12 promoter was generated by CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Results: The HEK293-MMP12-T2A-luciferase-KI cell line was successfully established by CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The sequencing results indicated that one allele of the genome was proven to have a site-directed insertion of luciferase gene and another allele of the genome was confirmed to have additional 48 bp insertion in this cell line. The cell line was further demonstrated to be a sensitive reporter of the endogenous MMP12 promoter by applying transcription factors STAT3, AP-1 and SP-1 to the cell line. The reporter cell line was then screened with bioactive small molecule library, and a small molecule Tanshinone I was found to significantly inhibit the transcriptional activity of MMP12 gene in HEK293-MMP12-T2A-luciferase-KI cell line by luciferase activity assay, which was further confirmed to inhibit the expression of MMP12 mRNA in wild-type HEK293 cells. Conclusions: This novel luciferase knock-in reporter system will be helpful for investigating the transcriptional regulation of MMP12 gene and screening the drugs targeting MMP12 gene. How to cite: Du C, Wu Y, Ju Y, et al. The luciferase reporter system of the MMP12 endogenous promoter for investigating transcriptional regulation of the human MMP12 gene. Electron J Biotechnol 2020;43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejbt.2019.12.003.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalElectronic Journal of Biotechnology
Volume43
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Keywords

  • CRISPR/Cas9
  • Cancer research
  • Cell line
  • Cell–cell interactions
  • Cell–extracellular matrix interactions
  • Knock-in
  • Luciferase
  • MMP12
  • Matrix metalloproteinases
  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Zinc-dependent endopeptidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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