Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Cell Biochem. 1991 Dec;47(4):300-5.

Regulation of transcription-factor activity during growth and differentiation: involvement of the nuclear matrix in concentration and localization of promoter binding proteins.

Author information

Department of Cell Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester 01655.


Several lines of evidence are presented which support involvement of the nuclear matrix in regulating the transcription of two genes, histone and osteocalcin, that are reciprocally expressed during development of the osteoblast phenotype. In the 5' regulatory region of an H4 histone gene, which is expressed in proliferating osteoblasts early during the developmental/differentiation sequence, a dual role is proposed for the nuclear matrix binding domain designated NMP-1 (-589 to -730 upstream from the transcription start site). In addition to functioning as a nuclear matrix attachment site, the sequences contribute to the upregulation of histone gene transcription, potentially facilitated by concentration and localization of an 84kD ATF DNA binding protein. A homologous nuclear matrix binding domain was identified in the promoter of the osteocalcin gene, which is expressed in mature osteoblasts in an extracellular matrix undergoing mineralization. The NMP binding domain in the osteocalcin gene promoter resides contiguous to the vitamin D responsive element. Together with gene and transcription factor localization, a model is proposed whereby nuclear matrix-associated structural constraints on conformation of the osteocalcin gene promoter facilitates vitamin D responsiveness mediated by cooperativity at multiple regulatory elements.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Support Center