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Oncogene. 1995 May 18;10(10):1961-7.

EVI-1 zinc finger protein works as a transcriptional activator via binding to a consensus sequence of GACAAGATAAGATAAN1-28 CTCATCTTC.

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  • 1Biology Division, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan.


Previously, the DNA-binding consensus sequences for domains 1 (GACAAGATAAGATAA) and 2 (GAAGATGAG) of the EVI-1 protein were identified using GST fusion proteins of each domain in binding and amplification reactions. We have utilized full-length EVI-1 protein to confirm these consensus sequences and determine the spacial and orientation requirements for binding. Our data demonstrate that full-length EVI-1 can independently bind the consensus sequences in gel mobility shift assays. In binding and amplification reactions only the domain 1 consensus sequence (D1-CONS) was obtained with full-length EVI-1 protein. However, by using constructs in which D1-CONS was anchored, products were obtained in which the domain 2 consensus sequence (D2-CONS) was observed with the spacing and orientation of GACAAGATAATATAAN1-28 CTCATCTTC. Using this consensus sequence we show that EVI-1 can activate transcription from reporter constructs. No transcriptional activation was seen with the reporter construct containing D1-CONS alone while activation was seen with the construct-containing D2-CONS alone. These results indicate that the EVI-1 protein works as a transcriptional activator and the binding of the domain 2 with D2-CONS is essential for its activation.

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