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Oncogene. 1993 Apr;8(4):1093-8.

DNA binding by N- and L-Myc proteins.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachussetts 02115.


N- and L-Myc, like c-Myc, contain adjacent basic region (BR), helix-loop-helix (HLH) and leucine zipper (LZ) motifs, which characterize a family of DNA-binding proteins. We have used a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based binding site selection technique to demonstrate that the most highly preferred binding site for both N- and L-Myc fusion proteins contains a CACGTG motif, the core binding sequence previously identified for c-Myc. Further analysis identified other N-Myc binding sequences, including asymmetric sequences such as CAT-GTG. N-Myc, like c-Myc, preferentially forms heterodimeric DNA-binding complexes with Max protein. Mutational analyses of N-Myc basic region (BR), helix-loop-helix (HLH) and leucine zipper (LZ) regions revealed that all three regions are necessary for DNA binding by N-Myc-Max complexes, and that dimerization requires both HLH and LZ motifs, while BR sequences are needed only for DNA binding. Our findings support the notion that the LZ motif is a critical element in dimer formation by bHLH-LZ proteins.

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