Cloning and functional characterization of LCR-F1: A bZIP transcription factor that activates erythroid-specific, human globin gene expression

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  • DNase I hypersensitive site 2 (HS 2) of the human β-globin Locus Control Region (LCR) directs high level expression of the β-globin gene located 50 kilobases downstream. Experiments in cultured cells and in transgenic mice demonstrate that duplicated AP1-like sites in HS 2 are required for this powerful enhancer activity. A cDNA clone encoding a basic, leucine-zipper protein that binds to these sites was isolated and designated Locus Control Region-Factor 1 (LCR-F1). This protein is a member of a new family of regulatory factors that contain a 63 amino acid 'CNC domain' overlapping the basic region. This domain is approximately 70% identical in the Drosophila Cap N Collar (CNC) protein, NF-E2 and LCR-F1. LCR-F1 transactivates an HS 2/λ-globin reporter gene over 170-fold in transient transfection experiments specifically in erythroid cells. These results suggest that LCR-F1 may be a critical factor involved in LCR-mediated, human globin gene expression. © 1994 Oxford University Press.
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  • 3590584
  • Author List

  • Caterina JJ; Donze D; Sun CW; Ciavatta DJ; Townes TM
  • Start Page

  • 2383
  • End Page

  • 2391
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 12