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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Mar 31;342(1):214-20. Epub 2006 Feb 3.

Two GC-rich boxes in huC promoter play distinct roles in controlling its neuronal specific expression in zebrafish embryos.

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Protein Science Laboratory of Ministry of Education of China, Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.


HuC, a vertebrate ortholog of Drosophila elav gene, encodes an RNA binding protein and is involved in early neurogenesis. Zebrafish huC is expressed in distinct neurons, including Rohon-Beard (RB) sensory neurons, interneurons and motoneurons, during primary neurogenesis, and in all neurons later during secondary neurogenesis. In this study, we identify two GC-rich box elements, proximal GC (p-GC) box from -172 to -149 and distal GC (d-GC) box from -218 to -208, in zebrafish huC promoter. Using transgenic approach, we demonstrate that deletion of the p-GC box from the promoter results in loss of expression of the reporter GFP in neurons while deletion of the d-GC box leads to GFP expression only in dorsal RB sensory neurons. These results suggest that the p-GC box alone confers transcriptional activity of huC promoter in primary RB neurons and the d-GC is required for huC transcription in the full spectrum of spinal cord neurons. Further studies are needed to identify specific Sp1-like transcription factors that bind to these GC boxes and activate huC transcription.

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