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See detailTranscription factor Pit-1 expression is modulated upon seasonal acclimatization of eurythermal ectotherms: Identification of two Pit-1 genes in the carp
Kausel, Gudrun; Vera, María Inés; San Martin, Rody et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (1999), 75(4), 598-609

A second Pit-1 gene in carp (Cyprinus carpio), including the complete structural gene and 1.1 kb of promoter region, was identified and completely sequenced. The exon-intron structure was determined, and ... [more ▼]

A second Pit-1 gene in carp (Cyprinus carpio), including the complete structural gene and 1.1 kb of promoter region, was identified and completely sequenced. The exon-intron structure was determined, and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) experiments suggest that only one Pit-1 splice variant is present in carp pituitary. The effect of seasonal acclimatization on the extent of Pit-1 gene expression was studied in summer- and winter-acclimatized carp. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed a clear increase of Pit-1 mRNA in the pituitaries from summer-acclimatized carp compared with the winter-adapted fish. In situ hybridization of pituitary gland sections with riboprobes representing the complete 5-transactivating region of carp Pit-1 depicted a significantly higher Pit-1 mRNA level in the rostral pars distalis of the summer-acclimatized fish where prolactin is expressed in a manner that resembles the seasonal increase observed in the proximal pars distalis and the pars intermedia. The cell- and temporal-specific transcription of Pit-1 supports its role in the molecular mechanisms that underly the acclimatization process undergone by eurythermal fish as a result of the physical effects of seasonal changes on their habitat. J. Cell. Biochem. 75:598-609, 1999. © 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and functional analysis of a tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) growth hormone gene: activation and repression by pituitary transcription factor Pit-1
Sekkali, Belaid; Brim, Hassan; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1999), 18(6), 489-502

A gene encoding the Tilapia mossambica (Oreochromis mossambicus) growth hormone (tiGH) was isolated and sequenced. The gene spans 5.6 kb, including 3.7 kb of 5' and 0.2 kb of 3' flanking sequences and a 1 ... [more ▼]

A gene encoding the Tilapia mossambica (Oreochromis mossambicus) growth hormone (tiGH) was isolated and sequenced. The gene spans 5.6 kb, including 3.7 kb of 5' and 0.2 kb of 3' flanking sequences and a 1.7-kb transcription unit comprised of six exons and five introns. The gene and the 5' flanking region contain several potential binding sites for Pit-1, a key transcription activator of mammalian GH genes. One of these (-57/-42) is highly conserved in fish GH genes. It activates transcription in pituitary cells and binds Pit-1. Transfection of luciferase reporter plasmids containing either the -3602/+19 tiGH sequence or one of its 5' deletion mutants (-2863/, -1292/, and -463/+19) resulted in strong activity in Pit-1-producing rat pituitary GC cells. A dose-dependent activation of the tiGH promoter was achieved in nonpituitary fish EPC and monkey COS cells cotransfected with a rat Pit-1 expression vector, demonstrating the crucial role played by Pit-1 as an activator of the tiGH gene. Fusion of the tiGH promoter with the beta-galactosidase gene led to transient expression specifically in the nervous system of microinjected zebrafish embryos. The activity of the tiGH promoter in GC and EPC cells was strongly repressed by extending its 3' end from +19 to +40, a sequence in which a Pit-1-binding site was identified using gel retardation assays. Point mutations of the site that suppressed Pit-1 binding in vitro restored full tiGH promoter activity. Thus, a Pit-1-binding site located in the 5' untranslated region mediates Pit-1-dependent repression of the tiGH gene. [less ▲]

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See detailPit-1 mediates cell-specific and cAMP-induced transcription of the tilapia GH gene
Sekkali, B.; Belayew, A.; Bortolussi, M. et al

in Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology (1999), 152(1-2), 111-23

Expression of the tilapia growth hormone (tiGH) gene is pituitary-specific and controlled by intracellular cAMP levels. DNaseI protection experiments allowed us to identify four Pit-1 binding sites in the ... [more ▼]

Expression of the tilapia growth hormone (tiGH) gene is pituitary-specific and controlled by intracellular cAMP levels. DNaseI protection experiments allowed us to identify four Pit-1 binding sites in the tiGH - 465/ + 19 region. Deletion and mutagenesis analysis revealed that the - 131/+ 19 region, containing two Pit-1 sites, or four copies of the most proximal site tiGHF1 fused to the heterologous Tk promoter, confer high level expression in rat pituitary cells and direct transcription in non-pituitary cells only after expression of rat Pit-1. We show that a tilapia pituitary factor specifically binds to site tiGHF1 and obtained a partial cDNA sequence coding for tilapia Pit-1. The cAMP stimulation is mediated by the proximal (- 131/- 31) promoter region. It is Pit-1-dependent and requires the tiGHF1 site. In addition, four copies of this site confer cAMP inducibility to the Tk promoter in GC cells. [less ▲]

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See detailAPH-1, a POU homeobox gene expressed in the salt gland of the crustacean Artemia franciscana
Chavez, Marcela; Landry, Claire; Loret, Suzanne et al

in Mechanisms of Development (1999), 87(1-2), 207-12

We characterized the first POU-homeoprotein in a crustacean (designated APH-1 for Artemia POU-Homeoprotein, EMBL Y15070). The amino acid sequence of the APH-1 POU-domain is identical, except for two ... [more ▼]

We characterized the first POU-homeoprotein in a crustacean (designated APH-1 for Artemia POU-Homeoprotein, EMBL Y15070). The amino acid sequence of the APH-1 POU-domain is identical, except for two residues, to that of the two class III POU proteins Cf1-a (Drosophila) and POU-M1 (Bombyx mori). Southern blot analysis suggests that crustaceans have only one class III POU gene. RT-PCR and whole-mount in situ hybridization show that APH-1 mRNA is present in larvae specifically in the salt gland, an organ which is involved in osmoregulation, and disappears in the adult. [less ▲]

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See detailReceptors as screening tools in the detections of hormones. Applications in the control of meat production
Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg; Baise, Etienne ULg; Carpeaux, Rudy et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1999), 4(1), 21-22

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See detailFunctional analysis of ZNF85 KRAB zinc finger protein, a member of the highly homologous ZNF91 family
Poncelet, Dominique A.; Bellefroid, Eric J.; Bastiaens, P. V. et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1998), 17(11), 931-43

We previously identified the ZNF85 (HPF4) KRAB zinc finger gene, a member of the human ZNF91 family. Here, we show that the ZNF85 gene is highly expressed in normal adult testis, in seminomas, and in the ... [more ▼]

We previously identified the ZNF85 (HPF4) KRAB zinc finger gene, a member of the human ZNF91 family. Here, we show that the ZNF85 gene is highly expressed in normal adult testis, in seminomas, and in the NT2/D1 teratocarcinoma cell line. Immunocytochemical localization of a panel of beta-Gal/ZNF85 fusion proteins revealed that ZNF85 contains at least one nuclear localization signal located in the spacer region connecting the KRAB domain with the zinc finger repeats. Bacterially expressed ZNF85 zinc finger domain bound strongly and exclusively to DNA in vitro in a zinc-dependent manner. The KRAB(A) domain of the ZNF85 protein and of several other members of the ZNF91 family exhibited repressing activity when tested in Gal4 fusion protein assays. The repression was significantly enhanced by the addition of the KRAB (B) domain, whereas further addition of other conserved regions had no effect. The ZNF85 KRAB(A) and (B) domains in vitro bound several nuclear proteins that might constitute critical cofactors for repression. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of seasonal acclimatization on the expression of the carp transcription factor Pit-1
Kausel, G.; Vera, M. I.; Figueroa, J. et al

in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International (1998), 45(5), 813-21

We isolated a clone comprising four exons of the carp Pit-1 gene. Using synthetic oligonucleotide probes derived from the carp Pit-1 sequence Pit-1 expression was assessed by in situ hybridization in ... [more ▼]

We isolated a clone comprising four exons of the carp Pit-1 gene. Using synthetic oligonucleotide probes derived from the carp Pit-1 sequence Pit-1 expression was assessed by in situ hybridization in pituitary sections from summer- and winter-acclimatized carp. Semiquantitative analyses of the hybridization signals revealed a significant higher Pit-1 expression in the proximal pars distalis (PPD) and pars intermedia (PI) of the pituitary glands from summer-acclimatized carp, compared to the winter-acclimatized fish. In both adaptive states, relative to the PPD and PI, only a basal Pit-1 expression was detected in the rostral pars distalis. Thus, during seasonal acclimatization of an eurythermal fish, Pit-1 seems to be involved in the mechanisms that underlie the compensatory response. [less ▲]

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See detailRégulation transcriptionnelle du gène de la prolactine humaine
Muller, Marc ULg; Berwaer, Monique; Caccavelli, Laure et al

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (1998), 14(580-587),

Le gène humain de la prolactine (hPRL) est exprimé essentiellement par l'antéhypophyse. L'analyse des éléments régulateurs de la transcription sur plus de 5 000 bases en amont du site de début de ... [more ▼]

Le gène humain de la prolactine (hPRL) est exprimé essentiellement par l'antéhypophyse. L'analyse des éléments régulateurs de la transcription sur plus de 5 000 bases en amont du site de début de transcription a montré l'importance du contrôle par le facteur de transcription Pit-1, spécifique de l'hypophyse, à côté de facteurs ubiquistes. Des hormones modulent l'expression du gène hPRL, transmettant leur signal par les voies intracellulaires de l'AMP cyclique et du calcium, relayées au niveau du promoteur proximal (-250/+1) essentiellement par les facteurs de transcription Pit-1 et AP-1. Les récepteurs nucléaires contrôlent aussi en partie la transcription de hPRL: le récepteur des oestrogènes l'active en se liant aux éléments de réponse distaux ; les récepteurs nucléaires des hormones thyroïdiennes et des glucocorticoïdes la répriment en interférant respectivement avec la fonction activatrice de AP-1 et de Pit-1. [less ▲]

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See detailPro239Ser: a novel recessive mutation of the Pit-1 gene in seven Middle Eastern children with growth hormone, prolactin, and thyrotropin deficiency
Pernasetti, Flavia; Milner, Robert DG; al Ashwal, Abdullah A Z et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1998), 83(6), 2079-83

Pit-1, a member of the POU-homeo domain protein family, is one of the transcription factors responsible for anterior pituitary development and pituitary-specific gene expression. Here, we describe seven ... [more ▼]

Pit-1, a member of the POU-homeo domain protein family, is one of the transcription factors responsible for anterior pituitary development and pituitary-specific gene expression. Here, we describe seven children with GH, PRL, and TSH deficiency from three, reportedly unrelated, Middle Eastern families, harboring a newly recognized Pro- > Ser recessive mutation in codon 239 of the Pit-1 gene. The mutated residue is located at the beginning of the second alpha-helix of the POU-homeodomain and is strictly conserved among all POU proteins. The Pro239Ser mutant binds DNA normally but is unable to stimulate transcription. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscription factor AP1 is involved in basal and okadaic acid-stimulated activity of the human PRL promoter
Caccavelli, Laure; Manfroid, Isabelle ULg; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.) (1998), 12(8), 1215-27

The tumor promoter, okadaic acid (OA), an inhibitor of protein phosphatases, stimulates the activity of the human PRL (hPRL) proximal promoter. We analyzed in detail the effects of OA on transcription ... [more ▼]

The tumor promoter, okadaic acid (OA), an inhibitor of protein phosphatases, stimulates the activity of the human PRL (hPRL) proximal promoter. We analyzed in detail the effects of OA on transcription factor binding to elements P1 and P2 of this promoter, sequences known to contain at least one Pit-1 binding site each. OA treatment induces binding of an AP1-related transcription factor to the P1 site. This effect is specific, as protein binding to the P2 site is not altered by the treatment. Specific antibodies were used to confirm that the OA-induced complex is related to AP1 and to show that it contains JunD and c-fos, but not Pit-1. The increase in AP1 binding to P1 and to a canonical AP1 site correlates to an increase in cellular JunD and c-fos content. Transient transfection experiments showed that both AP1 and Pit-1 are involved in the regulation of basal and OA-stimulated promoter activity. Our results demonstrate that a member of the AP1 family, containing JunD and c-fos, can bind to the proximal element P1 within the hPRL promoter. In addition, they show that AP1 is involved in both basal and OA-stimulated expression of the hPRL gene. [less ▲]

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See detailAt Least Three Subdomains of V-Erba Are Involved in Its Silencing Function
Busch, Kerstin; Martin, Bernd; Baniahmad, Aria et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (1997), 11(3), 379-89

Several members of the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) family are able to switch from a transcriptional repressor to a transcriptional activator upon binding of their ligand. The oncogene v-erbA is a ... [more ▼]

Several members of the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) family are able to switch from a transcriptional repressor to a transcriptional activator upon binding of their ligand. The oncogene v-erbA is a variant form of the TR unable to bind hormone and thus acts as a constitutive repressor. We demonstrate, using fusion proteins between the DNA-binding domain of the yeast factor GAL4 and the silencing domains of v-erbA and TR beta, that point mutations in three different regions severely affect their repression function. Furthermore, the three regions, each as an inactive fusion protein with the GAL4 DNA-binding domain, restore silencing activity when assembled on the same promoter. These observations define at least three silencing subdomains, SSD1-SSD3, which are involved in the silencing function of v-erbA. We propose a model in which full silencing activity is brought about by the combined interaction of each silencing subdomain with corepressors and/or basal transcription factors. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of prolactin gene expression in fishes
Poncelet, A. C.; Yaron, Z.; Levavi-Sivan, B. et al

in Nagabhushanan, R.; Thompson, M.F.; Fingennan, M. (Eds.) Recent Advances in Marine Biotechnology (1997)

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See detailThyroid hormone inhibits the human prolactin gene promoter by interfering with activating protein-1 and estrogen stimulations
Pernasetti, Flavia; Caccavelli, L.; Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.) (1997), 11(7), 986-96

Transcription of the human PRL (hPRL) gene in the pituitary is subject to tissue-specific and multihormonal regulation involving two main regulatory regions, a proximal promoter and a distal enhancer. In ... [more ▼]

Transcription of the human PRL (hPRL) gene in the pituitary is subject to tissue-specific and multihormonal regulation involving two main regulatory regions, a proximal promoter and a distal enhancer. In this report we show that thyroid hormone inhibits the expression of the hPRL gene in rat pituitary cells. Transient expression experiments show that thyroid hormone regulation involves a strong inhibitory element, located in the proximal (-164/-35) promoter, which is modulated by a more distal stimulatory response control region. Gel retardation experiments reveal that the thyroid hormone receptor does not bind to the proximal negative element. We show the existence of an activating protein-1 (AP-1) response element located at positions -61 to -54 of the proximal promoter, conferring AP-1 stimulation to the hPRL promoter. This AP-1 induction is abolished when hormone-bound thyroid hormone receptor is present, indicating that there is an interference between the thyroid hormone receptor and AP-1 regulatory pathways. Furthermore, using the complete hPRL upstream region, we show that estrogen induction is abolished by simultaneous thyroid hormone treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe glucocorticoid receptor inhibits the human prolactin gene expression by interference with Pit-1 activity
Nalda, Asunción M; Martial, Joseph ULg; Muller, Marc ULg

in Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology (1997), 134(2), 129-37

Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit the activity of the human prolactin (hPRL) promoter. Using transient expression experiments in rat pituitary cells, we located the sequence conferring ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit the activity of the human prolactin (hPRL) promoter. Using transient expression experiments in rat pituitary cells, we located the sequence conferring glucocorticoid inhibition to a region which contains Pit-1 binding sites, responsible for pituitary-specific expression, but does not seem to contain a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) binding site. Co-transfection experiments in non-pituitary cell lines, using expression vectors for Pit-1 and different mutants of the human GR show that inhibition of the hPRL gene is seen only in the presence of Pit-1 and GR, and that the DNA binding function of the receptor is not required. Immunoprecipitation studies show that either anti-GR or anti-Pit-1 antibodies are able to co-precipitate GR and Pit-1, suggesting an interaction between these factors. We conclude that the activated GR functionally interferes with the pituitary specific factor Pit-1, thereby leading to the observed transcriptional repression. [less ▲]

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See detailA one-nucleotide difference in a cAMP and phorbol ester response element leads to differential regulation of the human chorionic somatomammotropin A and B gene transcription
Oury, Cécile ULg; Alsat, E.; Jacquemin, P. et al

in Journal of Molecular Endocrinology (1997), 18(2), 87-99

Human chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS) is encoded by two highly related genes, hCS-A and hCS-B, located in the hGH/hCS gene locus. Both genes are expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast layer of the ... [more ▼]

Human chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS) is encoded by two highly related genes, hCS-A and hCS-B, located in the hGH/hCS gene locus. Both genes are expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast layer of the placenta and hCS release from trophoblast cells is known to be increased by cAMP and phorbol esters. However, it remains unclear whether this regulation acts at the level of hCS gene expression or secretion and whether both genes are affected. We examined the effects of cAMP and phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) on the transcription of the hCS-A and hCS-B genes. Transient expression experiments revealed a 7 bp cAMP- and PMA-responsive element (CRElhCS-A) spanning nucleotides-1102 to -1096 upstream of the hCS-A gene. In contrast, the homologous sequence upstream of hCS-B (CRElhCS-B), differing from CRElhCS-A by a single substitution, shows little or no response to cAMP. In band-shift assays, the CRElhCS-A oligonucleotide was shown to bind two factors related to CREBP and AP-1, whereas CRElhCS-B only competes for one of these complexes. Finally, Southwestern analysis revealed that the CRElhCS-A element binds two ubiquitous proteins of 100 kDa and 47 kDa respectively, whereas CRElhCS-B interacts only with the 47 kDa protein. Taken together, these results suggest that a 47 kDa protein binding to the CRElhCS-A and CRElhCS-B elements is involved in the PMA response of the hCS-A and hCS-B genes, and a 100 kDa protein plays a crucial role in cAMP regulation of the hCS-A gene. [less ▲]

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See detailThe tilapia prolactin I gene: evolutionary conservation of the regulatory elements directing pituitary-specific expression
Poncelet, A. C.; Levavi-Sivan, B.; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(8), 679-92

To study the elements involved in the pituitary specific transcriptional regulation of the tilapia prolactin I gene (tiPRL I), we have cloned and entirely sequenced a 3.4-kb genomic fragment immediately ... [more ▼]

To study the elements involved in the pituitary specific transcriptional regulation of the tilapia prolactin I gene (tiPRL I), we have cloned and entirely sequenced a 3.4-kb genomic fragment immediately upstream from the first exon. In footprinting experiments, three tilapia sequences are protected from DNase I digestion by rat pituitary extracts (base pair coordinates -643 to -593, -160 to -111, and -73 to -46). Computer analysis of the nucleotide sequence reveals significant homology to mammalian binding sites for Pit-1, a transcription factor that is known to mediate pituitary-specific expression of the PRL genes in mammals. The tiPRL I 5'-flanking sequences can direct transient expression of a linked luciferase reporter gene in transfected rat pituitary cell lines and tilapia pituitary primary cell cultures. Transient expression experiments with 5'-deletion mutants reveal three regulatory regions. Two have a stimulatory effect on transcription and one an inhibitory effect. Electrophoretic mobility-shift assays (EMSA) demonstrate that the rat Pit-1 factor specifically binds to tilapia DNA sequences. Several such tilapia Pit-1 binding sites mediate activation of a linked heterologous promoter in transfected rat and tilapia pituitary cells. As evidenced by EMSA, a Pit-1-like protein is present in tilapia pituitary extracts. All these data point to a high conservation of the molecular mechanisms involved in pituitary-specific expression of the PRL genes in vertebrates. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA bending by the silencer protein NeP1 is modulated by TR and RXR.
Arnold, R.; Burcin, M.; Kaiser, Bruno ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(14), 2640-7

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing ... [more ▼]

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing mechanism acting independently of the relative promoter position. Here we show that NeP1 alone can induce a significant directed bend on DNA. The chicken homologue of human NeP1, CTCF, shows identical binding and bending properties. In contrast, the isolated DNA binding domain of CTCF efficiently binds DNA, but fails to confer bending. Similarly, the TR-RXR hetero- or homodimer, binding adjacent to NeP1 at the F2 sequence, do not show significant DNA bending. The binding of the T3 ligand to TR changes neither the magnitude nor the direction of the NeP1 induced bend. However, when all factors are bound simultaneously as a quaternary complex, the TR-RXR heterodimer changes the location of the bend center, the flexure angle and the bending direction. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of nuclear receptor transcriptional signalling.
Renkawitz, Rainer; Kaltschmidt, Christian; Leers, Joerg et al

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1996), 56(1-6 Spec No), 39-45

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which in most cases achieve the observed regulatory strength in synergy with other factors. Here we describe the functional interaction of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with liver-specific transcription factors, the functional synergy of GR with the thyroid hormone receptor (TR), the synergizing sub-domains of the TR, and finally the direct interaction of the GR with other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailThe enhancers of the human placental lactogen B, A, and L genes: progressive activation during in vitro trophoblast differentiation and importance of the DF-3 element in determining their respective activities
Jacquemin, P.; Alsat, E.; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(10), 845-54

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers ... [more ▼]

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers, varying in strength, have been identified with the help of cytotrophoblast-derived JEG-3 cells, which do not express the hCS genes. Here we study the activity of the hCS enhancers in human syncytiotrophoblast in primary culture, which naturally expresses the hCS genes. We show that the activity of the hCS-B gene enhancer is mediated by two elements, DF-3 and DF-4, whereas the hCS-L and hCS-A gene enhancers display weaker activity due to mutations in their respective DF-3 sites. Replacement of the hCS-B DF-3 site with the homologous hCS-A sequence causes hCS-B enhancer activity to decrease. Primary cytotrophoblasts differentiate in culture to form the syncytiotrophoblast. We show that during this process the production of hCS progressively increases and that concomitantly all three hCS enhancers are progressively activated. A targeted mutation in the 3' part of the DF-4 element abolishes the binding of a protein present only in syncytiotrophoblast extracts and inactivates the DF-4 element. Thus, a direct correlation exists between the appearance of this syncytiotrophoblast-specific protein and hCS enhancer activity. This primary culture model proves useful in studying the regulation of the hCS genes. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo silencing sub-domains of v-erbA synergize with each other, but not with RXR.
Martin, Bernd; Renkawitz, Rainer; Muller, Marc ULg

in Nucleic Acids Research (1994), 22(23), 4898-905

The thyroid hormone receptor (TR) and the retinoic acid receptor (RAR) induce gene expression in the presence of specific ligand and repress transcription in the absence of hormone. This repression is ... [more ▼]

The thyroid hormone receptor (TR) and the retinoic acid receptor (RAR) induce gene expression in the presence of specific ligand and repress transcription in the absence of hormone. This repression is mediated by an active silencing mechanism rather then by interference with DNA binding activators. V-erbA, a variant form of TR which is unable to bind hormone, represents a constitutive repressor. Here we show, using fusion proteins with the GAL4 DNA binding domain, that the minimal silencing domain of v-erbA extends from amino acids 389 to 632 and that internal deletions within this domain retain at least some repression function. Co-transfection experiments of different deletion mutants indicate that the silencing domain is composed of at least two sub-domains which are non-functional when tested individually. When combined in a heterodimeric complex, they synergize such that silencing activity is regained. In contrast to the retinoic acid receptor the retinoid X receptor does not contain a silencing domain. In addition it is unable to cooperate with the repression function of TR or v-erbA in a heterodimer. [less ▲]

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