Bcl-2 (B-cell lymphoma 2) protein is localized in the outer membrane of mitochondria, where it plays an important role in promoting cellular survival and inhibiting the actions of pro-apoptotic proteins. PRDM10 is a member of the PR/SET family of epigenetic regulators and may play a role in development and cell differentiation. Here we show that human PRDM10 contributes to the transcriptional regulation of human Bcl-2 gene. We found that PRDM10-depletion in human cells reduced the expression of Bcl-2 protein and over-expression of PRDM10 promoted Bcl-2 protein expression. Furthermore, luciferase reporter activity of Bcl-2 gene P1 promoter was significantly increased in cells co-transfected with PRDM10, and PRDM10 was able to bind to the Bcl-2 P1 promoter in vivo. Using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data set, we found weak positive correlation between PRDM10 and Bcl-2 in several cancer types including cancers of the breast, colon, and lung tissues. These data identify a novel function for PRDM10 protein and provide insights on the transcriptional control of Bcl-2 expression.
Chen, N., Hu, T., Gui, Y., Gao, J., Li, Z., & Huang, S. (2019). Transcriptional regulation of Bcl-2 gene by the PR/SET domain family member PRDM10. PeerJ, 2019(5). https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6941