Glucocorticoid regulation of the murine PHEX gene

Eric R. Hines, James F. Collins, Marci D. Jones, Samantha H. Serey, Fayez K. Ghishan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


The phosphate-regulating gene with homologies to endopeptidases on the X chromosome (PHEX) is a member of the neutral endopeptidase family, which is expressed predominantly on the plasma membranes of mature osteoblasts and osteocytes. Although it is known that the loss of PHEX function results in X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets, characterized by abnormal bone matrix mineralization and renal phosphate wasting, little is known about how PHEX is regulated. We therefore sought to determine whether the murine PHEX gene is regulated by glucocorticoids (GCs), which are known to influence phosphate homeostasis and bone metabolism. Northern blot analysis revealed increased PHEX mRNA expression in GC-treated suckling mice (1.5-fold) and in rat osteogenic sarcoma (UMR-106) cells (2.5-fold). An increase was also seen in PHEX promoter activity in transiently transfected UMR-106 cells with GC treatment. Analysis of nested promoter deletions revealed that an atypical GC response element was located between -337 and -315 bp. Mutational analysis and electrophoretic mobility shift assays further identified -326 to -321 bp as a site involved in GC regulation. Supershift analyses and electrophoretic mobility shift assay competition studies indicated that the core binding factor α1-subunit transcription factor is able to bind to this region and may therefore play a role in the GC response of the murine PHEX gene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F356-F363
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number2 52-2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Core binding factor α1-subunit
  • Dexamethasone
  • Hyp mouse
  • Transcriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology


Dive into the research topics of 'Glucocorticoid regulation of the murine PHEX gene'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this