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Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2002 Feb;48(1):61-9.

Characterization of the mouse protoporphyrinogen oxidase gene.

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  • 1The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-7229, USA.


The murine protoporphyrinogen oxidase gene has been isolated, characterized and localized. The gene spans 4.2 kb, is comprised of 13 exons and 12 introns, and is located on chromosome 1 in band 1 H2. Analysis of 1.2 kb of the 5' upstream region revealed a promoter which is not GC rich and lacks any TATA boxes or initiator elements in the vicinity of the transcription start site. A variety of putative transcriptional element binding sequences were identified and gel shift assays support the presence of two GATA-1 sites near -760 bp as well as AP-1, AP-2, and Sp1 sites in the -1200 bp 5' flanking region. Luciferase reporter constructs transiently expressed in erythroid cell lines demonstrated erythroid-specific expression with the -1160 bp, but not with the -746 bp or -198 bp constructs. Expression in nonerythroid cells occurred maximally with -1160 bp, but was significant with -746 bp and absent with -198 bp. Expression of both housekeeping and erythroid-specific fusions in the transient expression systems was greatly decreased in the -5000 bp constructs suggesting the presence of repressor elements in the -1160 to -5000 bp region.

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