c-Myc-mediated expression of nucleophosmin/B23 decreases during retinoic acid-induced differentiation of human leukemia HL-60 cells

Yat Ming Yung

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The retinoic acid-induced differentiation of human leukemia HL-60 cells towards mature granulocytic cells was accompanied by the decline in the protein levels of c-myc, nucleophosmin/B23 and its promoter activity. These RA-induced effects were further enhanced by the concurrent treatment of HL-60 cells with p38 map kinase inhibitor SB203580 (SB). It seems that there is a strong correlation of nucleophosmin/B23 and c-Myc expressions in cells under RA treatment. Furthermore, nucleophosmin/B23 promoter activity decreased upon c-Myc antisense-mediated reduction of intracellular amount of c-Myc. CHIP assays showed that binding of c-Myc to the nucleophosmin/B23 promoter decreased in RA-treated cells. Thus, nucleophosmin/B23 expression is targeted by c-Myc during RA-induced differentiation. These results provide evidence for a novel mechanism of transcriptional downregulation of nucleophosmin/B23 and the functional role of c-Myc in RA-induced differentiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • c-Myc
  • Differentiation
  • Nucleophosmin/B23
  • Retinoic acid
  • Transcriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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