Bcl-6 directly represses the gene program of the glycolysis pathway

Academic Article


  • Despite the increasing knowledge of the molecular events that induce the glycolysis pathway in effector T cells, very little is known about the transcriptional mechanisms that dampen the glycolysis program in quiescent cell populations such as memory T cells. Here we found that the transcription factor Bcl-6 directly repressed genes encoding molecules involved in the glycolysis pathway, including Slc2a1, Slc2a3, Pkm and Hk2, in type 1 helper T cells (T H 1 cells) exposed to low concentrations of interleukin 2 (IL-2). Thus, Bcl-6 had a role opposing the IL-2-sensitive glycolytic transcriptional program that the transcription factors c-Myc and HIF-1α promote in effector T cells. Additionally, the T H 1 lineage-specifying factor T-bet functionally antagonized the Bcl-6-dependent repression of genes encoding molecules in the glycolysis pathway, which links the molecular balance of these two factors to regulation of the metabolic gene program.
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  • Nature Immunology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Oestreich KJ; Read KA; Gilbertson SE; Hough KP; McDonald PW; Krishnamoorthy V; Weinmann AS
  • Start Page

  • 957
  • End Page

  • 964
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 10