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Infect Immun. 1998 May;66(5):2383-6.

Control of ferredoxin and Gal/GalNAc lectin gene expression in Entamoeba histolytica by a cis-acting DNA sequence.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22908, USA.


The ferredoxin (fdx) and lectin (hgl5) promoters of Entamoeba histolytica contain the DNA sequence motif TATTCTATT (URE3). Previously we showed that mutation of the URE3 motif in the hgl5 lectin promoter results in an increase in promoter reporter activity. Mutation of this motif in the fdx promoter led to a 40-to-50% decrease in fdx promoter activity as measured by reporter gene activity and abundance of mRNA. E. histolytica nuclear proteins exhibited sequence-specific binding to the URE3 motif in electrophoretic mobility shift assays. These results support the regulation of both ferredoxin and lectin promoters by a nuclear protein(s) which recognizes the URE3 motif.

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