Transcriptional Regulation of DJ-1

  • Kazuko Takahashi-NikiEmail author
  • Takeshi Niki
  • Sanae M. M. Iguchi-Ariga
  • Hiroyoshi Ariga
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1037)


DJ-1 is an oncogene and also a causative gene for familial Parkinson’s disease. DJ-1 has various functions, and the oxidative status of a cysteine residue at position 106 (C106) is crucial for determination of the activation level of DJ-1.

DJ-1 binds to many proteins, including various transcription factors, and acts as a coactivator or corepressor for regulating their target genes without direct binding to DNA, thereby affecting various cell functions. DJ-1-regulating transcription factors and their modified proteins are the androgen receptor and its regulatory proteins, p53; polypyrimidine tract-binding protein-associated splicing factor (PSF); Keap1, an inhibitor for nuclear factor erythroid2-related factor 2 (Nrf2); sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP); Ras-responsive element-binding protein (RREB1); signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1); and Nurr1. Considering oxidative stress response and dopamine synthesis, the regulation of Nrf2, p53, and PSF by DJ-1 is especially important. In addition, SREBP1 and RREB1 functions that are positively regulated by DJ-1 may participate in the onset and pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome.

DJ-1 is expressed ubiquitously with high levels in the testis and brain and moderate levels in other tissues. Furthermore, DJ-1 is translocated from the cytoplasm to nucleus during the cell cycle after mitogen stimulation, suggesting that DJ-1 has a growth-related function. In this review, we describe how DJ-1 regulates cell growth/death and dopamine synthesis by targeting various transcription factors.


DJ-1 Transcription Oxidative stress Parkinson’s disease Cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuko Takahashi-Niki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Takeshi Niki
    • 2
  • Sanae M. M. Iguchi-Ariga
    • 2
  • Hiroyoshi Ariga
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of AgricultureHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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