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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2005 Feb 14;1727(2):125-33.

Transcriptional regulation of FKLF-2 (KLF13) gene in erythroid cells.

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  • 1Department of Hematology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan.


FKLF-2 (KLF13) was cloned from fetal globin-expressing tissues and has been shown to be abundantly expressed in erythroid cells. In this study we examined the transcriptional regulation of the KLF13 gene. A 5.5 kb 5' flanking region cloned from mouse erythroleukemia (MEL) cell genomic DNA showed that major cis regulatory activities exist in the 550 bp sequence to the unique transcription start site, and that the promoter is more active in K562 cells than in COS-7 cells. The promoter was trans-activated by co-expressed GATA-1 through the sequence containing two CCAAT motifs, suggesting that GATA-1 is involved in the abundant expression of KLF13 mRNA in the erythroid tissue. Dual action, i.e. activating effect in COS-7 and repressive effect in K562 cell, was observed on its own promoter, suggesting a feedback mechanism for the transcriptional control of the KLF13 gene in the erythroid environment. These findings provide an insight on the mechanism of inducible mRNA expression of the KLF13 gene in erythroid cells.

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