Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Activation of the fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase gene by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 during monocytic differentiation.

PMID 2842796


Cells from the human leukemia cell line HL-60 undergo terminal monocyte-like differentiation after exposure to either the active circulating form of vitamin D3, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3], or phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate. Little is known about the genes that regulate monocytic differentiation. Using clonal variant cells of HL-60 origin, we constructed a cDNA library enriched for genes that are induced by 1,25-(OH)2D3. We now report that in HL-60, the fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase; D-fructose-1,6-bisphosphate 1-phosphohydrolase, EC gene is activated during 1,25-(OH)2D3-induced monocytic differentiation. This gene encodes two closely related mRNAs; one, activated by 1,25-(OH)2D3 at an early stage of HL-60 differentiation, encodes a protein that has homology to mammalian FBPase, a key enzyme in gluconeogenesis, although it does not exhibit its classical enzymatic activity. A second mRNA is activated by 1,25-(OH)2D3 mainly in peripheral blood monocytes. This mRNA is present in kidney as a unique transcript and encodes a protein with FBPase activity. Our data also show that this FBPase-encoding mRNA can be activated during monocytic maturation since it was detected in human alveolar macrophages.