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J Biol Chem. 2001 Aug 31;276(35):32489-94. Epub 2001 Jun 29.

An Abd-B class HOX.PBX recognition sequence is required for expression from the mouse Ren-1c gene.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York 14263, USA.


Expression from the mouse Ren-1(c) gene in As4.1 cells is dependent on a proximal promoter element (PPE) located at approximately -60 and a 241-base pair enhancer region located at -2625 relative to the transcription start site. The PPE (TAATAAATCAA) is identical to a consensus HOX.PBX binding sequence. Further, PBX1b has been shown to be a component of a PPE-specific binding complex present in nuclear extracts from As4.1 cells. The binding affinities of different paralog HOX members to the PPE were examined in the absence or presence of PBX1b. HOXB6, -B7, and -C8 failed to bind the PPE alone but showed weak affinity in the presence of PBX1b. In contrast, HOXD10 and to a lesser degree HOXB9 bound the PPE with high affinities regardless of whether PBX1b was present. Abd-B HOX members, including HOXD10, -A10, -A9, -B9, and -C9, are expressed in As4.1 cells. The ability of HOX and PBX1b to form a ternary complex with PREP1 on the PPE is also demonstrated both in vivo and in vitro. Point mutations in either the HOX or PBX half-site of the PPE disrupted the formation of the HOX.PBX complex and dramatically decreased transcriptional activity of the Ren-1(c) gene demonstrating that both the HOX and PBX half-sites are critical for mouse renin gene expression. These results strongly implicate Abd-B class Hox genes and their cofactors as major determinants of the sites of renin expression.

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