Using mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) from DJ1-knockout mice, in the present study, we show that DJ1, by binding with Foxo3a (forkhead box O3a), transcriptionally activates pink1 (phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10-induced protein kinase-1) gene. Moreover, we demonstrate that, by promoting pink1 expression, DJ1 represses the rate of glycolysis and cell proliferation.

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