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Mech Dev. 1997 Feb;62(1):15-27.

Two new regulatory elements controlling the Drosophila Sgs-3 gene are potential ecdysone receptor and fork head binding sites.

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  • 1Institut für Genetik der Freien Universität Berlin, Germany. mlehm@genetik.biologie.fu-berlin.de


We identified two regulatory elements in the upstream region of the Drosophila Sgs-3 gene which are both able to bind the ecdysone receptor (EcR/USP) and the product of the fork head gene. Interestingly, only one of the EcR/USP binding sites is able to recognize in vitro-translated EcR/USP, which provides evidence for the existence of different receptor forms having different DNA binding specificities. Deletions of the elements lead to a reduced accumulation of Sgs-3 mRNA without altering the temporal expression profile of the gene. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that the ecdysone receptor directly contributes to the transcriptional activation of Sgs-3 by binding to at least one of the two elements. Since also the Sgs-4 gene is controlled by a functional EcR/USP binding site, a direct participation of EcR/USP in the formation of regulatory complexes may be of general importance for the hormonal control of Sgs genes.

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