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Neurosci Lett. 1995 May 26;191(3):185-8.

Characterisation of a functional E box motif in the proximal rat preprotachykinin-A promoter.

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  • 1MRC Brain Metabolism Unit, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, UK.

Abstract

Three E box motifs, which are upstream of the major transcriptional start site, have previously been characterised in the rat preprotachykinin-A (rPPT) promoter. Only one of these, in the proximal promoter spanning nucleotides -67 to -47, has been demonstrated to support reporter gene expression in clonal cell lines under basal growth conditions. Here we demonstrate that the reporter gene expression can be further induced by the action of phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (TPA) and nerve growth factor (NGF), respectively, in both HeLa and the neuronally derived PC12 cells. This response is due to the E box motif and not an overlapping consensus sequence for a putative AP1 element, a class of element previously demonstrated to respond to both TPA and NGF in these cell lines. Finally, we demonstrate that this E box motif can support similar levels of reporter gene expression in primary cultures of dorsal root ganglion neurons as observed in clonal cell lines, demonstrating that E box binding complexes can (1) function as a transcriptional regulator in dorsal root ganglion neurons and (2) bind to and therefore presumably regulate rPPT promoter activity.

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