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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Apr 14;342(3):859-66. Epub 2006 Feb 17.

Human RFP2 gene promoter: unique structure and unusual strength.

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Russian Center of Medical Genetics, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia.


Human gene RFP2 is a candidate tumor suppressor located at 13q14.3 and deleted in multiple tumor types. To explore regulation of RFP2, we determined structure of the 5'-untranslated region of RFP2 gene and its promoter. RFP2 promoter area is TATA-less, highly enriched in G and C nucleotides, and contains multiple quadruplex forming GGGGA-repeats. Deletion analysis of 5'-flanking sequences demonstrated that repeat containing fragment possesses activity seven times exceeding that of the combined SV40 promoter/enhancer. Other unusual features of the RFP2 promoter include anomalously high electrostatic fields induced by sequence-dependent dipoles and very low nucleosome forming potential. A "minimized" version of the RFP2 promoter could be used for overexpression of the various transgenes in the mammalian cells.

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