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Title: Characterization of the human alpha 2-macroglobulin gene promoter: identification of a novel, triple TRE/RARE/ERE response element
Authors: Matthijs, Gert ×
Cassiman, Jean-Jacques
Van den Berghe, Herman
Marynen, Peter #
Issue Date: Aug-1994
Series Title: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:202 issue:1 pages:65-72
Abstract: Human alpha 2-macroglobulin is synthesized in the liver and in some extra-hepatic tissues but the physiological role of the protein remains unexplained. We initiated studies to characterize the promoter of the gene. In transient transfections 240 bp of the proximal promoter were necessary and sufficient for CAT-expression in HepG2 cells and lung fibroblasts. This promoter was silent in skin fibroblasts. In DNAase I footprint analyses, five regions bound nuclear factors from expressing and non-expressing cells. FPII (-144 to -104) was most prominent with extracts from HepG2 cells and lung fibroblasts. In mobility shifts, FPII bound nuclear factors present in the order: HepG2 > lung >> skin fibroblasts. This region contains a canonical TRE/RARE/ERE half-site (TGACCT) flanked by 2 related hexamers in the combinations PR4 (palindromic repeat, spacing 4) and ER1 (everted repeat, spacing 1). The interplay of (orphan) members of the steroid receptor family could explain the tissue- and species-specific regulation of the alpha 2M gene.
ISSN: 0006-291X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Genetics Section (-)
Human Mutations and Polymorphisms Section (-)
Molecular Genetics Section (-)
Forensic Biomedical Sciences
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
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