Histone H3K27 Demethylase JMJD3 in Cooperation with NF-κB Regulates Keratinocyte Wound Healing

Jungtae Na, Kwanghyun Lee, Wonho Na, Jee Yoon Shin, Min Jung Lee, Tae Young Yune, Hae Kwang Lee, Han Sung Jung, Won Sun Kim, Bong Gun Ju

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Histone H3K27me3 demethylase JMJD3 has been shown to be involved in keratinocyte differentiation and wound healing. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying JMJD3-mediated keratinocyte wound healing has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we report on the biological function of JMJD3 in keratinocyte wound healing using in vitro cell and in vivo animal models. Our results indicate that JMJD3 up-regulation and NF-κB activation occur in the region of the wound edge during keratinocyte wound healing. We also found that JMJD3 interacts with NF-κB, resulting in increased expression of the inflammatory, matrix metalloproteinase, and growth factor genes via demethylation of H3K27me3 at the gene promoters. Consistently, inactivation of JMJD3 or NF-κB resulted in aberrant keratinocyte wound healing. Our study suggests that regulation of JMJD3 may provide a new therapeutic intervention for treating the chronic skin wound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-858
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2009-0093822, 2013R1A1A2008384).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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