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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1996 Jul 25;224(3):638-44.

Functional analysis of the human guanylin gene promoter.

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Lower Saxony Institute for Peptide Research, Hannover, Germany.


Guanylin (GCAP-I, guanylate cyclase activating peptide I) and uroguanylin (GCAP-II, guanylate cyclase activating peptide II) are regulatory peptides involved in the regulation of the intestinal chloride / water balance. They share significant structural homology to the E. coli enterotoxin STa, which binds to the particulate guanylyl cyclase C causing diarrhea in mammals. In this study we report the functional analysis of the guanylin / GCAP-I gene promoter region. By means of the luciferase reporter gene assay, we demonstrate a strong promoter activity in T84 cells. Especially the first 160 bp of the 5'-flanking region of the gene seem to be essential for gene induction. Our findings are the basis for further identification of important regulatory elements of the corresponding gene.

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