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Mol Cell. 2000 Feb;5(2):387-93.

Beta-globin gene switching and DNase I sensitivity of the endogenous beta-globin locus in mice do not require the locus control region.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington 98109, USA.


We have generated mice with a targeted deletion of the beta-globin locus control region (LCR). Mice homozygous for the deletion die early in embryogenesis but can be rescued with a YAC containing the human beta-globin locus. After germline passage, deletion of the LCR leads to a severe reduction in expression of all mouse beta-like globin genes, but no alteration in the developmental specificity of expression. Furthermore, a DNase I-sensitive "open" chromatin conformation of the locus is established and maintained. Thus, the dominant role of the LCR in the native locus is to confer high-level transcription, and elements elsewhere in the locus are sufficient to establish and maintain an open conformation and to confer developmentally regulated globin gene expression.

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