J Biol Chem. 2007 Jun 15;282(24):17941-52. Epub 2007 Apr 26.
NCF2, the gene encoding the NADPH oxidase cytosolic component p67(phox), is up-regulated by TNF-alpha, and we recently mapped a region in the NCF2 promoter that was required for this TNF-alpha-dependent response. Because this TNF-alpha-responsive region (TRR) lacked recognizable transcription factor binding elements, we performed studies to identify factors involved in regulating NCF2 via the TRR. Using the TRR sequence as bait in a yeast one-hybrid screen, we identified the zinc finger transcription factor Pleomorphic Adenoma Gene-Like 2 (PLAGL2) as a candidate regulator of NCF2 expression. PLAGL2-specific antibodies were generated that detected the native and SUMO1-modified forms of endogenous PLAGL2. EMSA and DNA-binding protein affinity purification analyses demonstrated specific binding of in vitro-translated as well as endogenously expressed PLAGL2 to the TRR, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated enhanced binding of endogenous PLAGL2 to the TRR in vivo with TNF-alpha treatment. Knockdown of PLAGL2 protein inhibited up-regulation of NCF2 transcript, p67(phox) protein expression, and subsequent superoxide production in response to TNF-alpha. Furthermore, relative levels of native and SUMO1-modified endogenous PLAGL2 protein were modulated in a time-dependant manner in response to TNF-alpha treatment. These data clearly identify PLAGL2 as a novel regulator of NCF2 gene expression as well as NADPH oxidase activity and contribute to a greater understanding of the transcriptional regulation of NCF2.