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Synergistic action of the transcription factors Kruppel homolog 1 and Hairy in juvenile hormone/Methoprene-tolerant-mediated gene-repression in the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

ABSTRACT: Arthropod-specific juvenile hormones control numerous essential functions in development and reproduction. In the dengue-fever mosquito Aedes aegypti, in addition to its role in immature stages, juvenile hormone III (JH) governs post-eclosion (PE) development in adult females, a phase required for competence acquisition for blood feeding and subsequent egg maturation. During PE, JH through its receptor Methoprene-tolerant (Met) regulate the expression of many genes, causing either activation or repression. Met-mediated gene repression is indirect, requiring involvement of intermediate repressors. Hairy, which functions downstream of Met in the JH gene-repression hierarchy, is one such factor. Krüppel-homolog 1, a zinc-finger transcriptional factor, is directly regulated by Met and has been implicated in both activation and repression of JH-regulated genes. However, the interaction between Hairy and Kr-h1 in the JH-repression hierarchy is not well understood. Our RNAseq-based transcriptomic analysis of the Kr-h1-depleted mosquito fat body revealed that 92% of Kr-h1 repressed genes are also repressed by Met, supporting the existence of a hierarchy between Met and Kr-h1 as previously demonstrated in various insects. Notably, 130 genes are co-repressed by both Kr-h1 and Hairy, indicating regulatory complexity of the JH-mediated PE gene repression. A mosquito Kr-h1 binding site in genes co-regulated by this factor and Hairy was identified computationally. Moreover, this was validated using electrophoretic mobility shift assays. A complete phenocopy of the effect of Met RNAi depletion on target genes could only be observed after Kr-h1 and Hairy double RNAi knockdown, suggesting a synergistic action between these two factors in target gene repression. This was confirmed using a cell-culture-based luciferase reporter assay. Taken together, our results indicate that Hairy and Kr-h1 not only function as intermediate downstream factors, but also act together in a synergistic fashion in the JH/Met gene repression hierarchy.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC6818763 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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