Caveolin-1 regulates genomic action of the glucocorticoid receptor in neural stem cells

Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Jul;34(14):2611-23. doi: 10.1128/MCB.01121-13.


While glucocorticoids (GCs) are used clinically to treat many conditions, their neonatal and prenatal usage is increasingly controversial due to reports of delayed adverse outcomes, especially their effects on brain development. Such alterations may reflect the impact of GCs on neural progenitor/stem cell (NPSC) function. We previously demonstrated that the lipid raft protein caveolin-1 (Cav-1) was required for rapid GC signaling in embryonic mouse NPSCs operating through plasma membrane-bound glucocorticoid receptors (GRs). We show here that genomic GR signaling in NPSCs requires Cav-1. Loss of Cav-1 impacts the transcriptional response of many GR target genes (e.g., the serum- and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 gene) that are likely to mediate the antiproliferative effects of GCs. Microarray analysis of wild-type C57 or Cav-1-deficient NPSCs identified approximately 100 genes that are differentially regulated by GC treatment. These changes in hormone responsiveness in Cav-1 knockout NPSCs are associated with the loss of GC-regulated phosphorylation of GR at serine 211 but not at serine 226. Chromatin recruitment of total GR to regulatory regions of target genes such as Fkbp-5, RhoJ, and Sgk-1, as well as p211-GR recruitment to Sgk-1, are compromised in Cav-1 knockout NPSCs. Cav-1 is therefore a multifunctional regulator of GR in NPSCs influencing both rapid and genomic action of the receptor to impact cell proliferation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Caveolin 1 / metabolism*
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Chromatin / metabolism
  • Dexamethasone / adverse effects*
  • Embryo, Mammalian
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects*
  • Gene Knockout Techniques
  • Glucocorticoids / adverse effects*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neural Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Phosphorylation
  • Receptors, Glucocorticoid / genetics
  • Receptors, Glucocorticoid / metabolism*
  • Regulatory Elements, Transcriptional*
  • Serine / metabolism


  • Caveolin 1
  • Chromatin
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Receptors, Glucocorticoid
  • Serine
  • Dexamethasone

Associated data

  • GEO/GSE49804