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J Leukoc Biol. 2006 May;79(5):1083-91. Epub 2006 Mar 7.

Molecular characterization of the murine homologue of the DC-derived protein DC-SCRIPT.

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  • 1Department of Tumor Immunology, Nijmegen Center for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, The Netherlands.


Dendritic cell-specific transcript (DC-SCRIPT) is a putative DC zinc (Zn) finger-type transcription factor described recently in humans. Here, we illustrate that DC-SCRIPT is highly conserved in evolution and report the initial characterization of the murine ortholog of DC-SCRIPT, which is also preferentially expressed in DC as shown by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and its distribution resembles that of its human counterpart. Studies undertaken in human embryonic kidney 293 cells depict its nuclear localization and reveal that the Zn finger domain of the protein is mainly responsible for nuclear import. The human and the mouse genes are located in syntenic chromosomal regions and exhibit a similar genomic organization with numerous common transcription factor-binding sites in their promoter region, including sites for many factors implicated in haematopoiesis and DC biology, such as Gfi, GATA-1, Spi-B, and c-Rel. Taken together, these data show that DC-SCRIPT is well-conserved in evolution and that the mouse homologue is more than 80% homologous to the human protein. Therefore, mouse models can be used to elucidate the function of this novel DC marker.

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