Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif stimulates epidermal regeneration via induction of amphiregulin expression after ultraviolet damage

Kyung Min Kim, Ho Taek Oh, Gi Don Yoo, Jun Ha Hwang, Areum Oh, Eun Sook Hwang, Jeong Ho Hong

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Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation induces the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, which increases epidermal thickness in skin regeneration. However, the mechanism underlying this phenomenon is not yet known in detail. In this study, we aimed to demonstrate that the transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) stimulates epidermal regeneration by increasing keratinocyte proliferation. During epidermal regeneration, TAZ is localized in the nucleus of keratinocytes of the basal layer and stimulates epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling. TAZ depletion in keratinocytes decreased EGFR signaling activation, which delays epidermal regeneration. Interestingly, TAZ stimulated the transcription of amphiregulin (AREG), a ligand of EGFR, through TEAD-mediated transcriptional activation. Together, these results show that TAZ stimulates EGFR signaling through AREG induction, suggesting that it plays an important role in epidermal regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020 Jan 1



  • AREG
  • EGFR signal
  • Skin regeneration
  • UV damage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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