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FEBS Lett. 2002 Jul 17;523(1-3):123-7.

Cell-line specific chromatin acetylation at the Sox10-Pax3 enhancer site modulates the RET proto-oncogene expression.

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  • 1Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, G. Gaslini Institute, Largo G. Gaslini 5, 16148, Genova, Italy.

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  • FEBS Lett 2002 Oct 9;529(2-3):365.


The RET gene is expressed with high tissue and stage specificity during development. Understanding its transcriptional regulation might provide new clues to clarify developmental mechanisms. Here we show that the histone deacetylase inhibitor sodium butyrate (NaB) increases RET transcription in cells displaying low levels of its mRNA, while it has no effect in cells expressing at high levels. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) experiments showed increased histone acetylation within the 5' flanking [corrected] region, in particular the Sox10-Pax3 enhancer site, due to NaB. Accordingly, ChIP showed different acetylation levels at the Sox10-Pax3 site associated with cell-line specific RET transcription rates. Concluding, chromatin acetylation targeted to functional sequences in the RET regulatory region may control its transcription.

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