Figure 7-47. Transcriptional synergy.

Figure 7-47Transcriptional synergy

In this experiment, the rate of transcription produced by three experimentally constructed regulatory regions is compared in a eucaryotic cell. Transcriptional synergy, the greater than additive effect of the activators, is observed when several molecules of gene activator protein are bound upstream of the promoter. Synergy is also typically observed between different gene activator proteins from the same organism and even between activator proteins from widely different eucaryotic species when they are experimentally introduced into the same cell. This last observation reflects the high degree of conservation of the transcription machinery.

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