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(1/157) Characterization of a chicken retinoid X receptor-gamma gene promoter and identification of sequences that direct expression in retinal cells.

Development of the cellular complexity of the vertebrate neural retina relies on an intricate interplay between extracellular signals and intracellular factors. In particular, transcription factors play a key role in determining the competence of cells to respond to extracellular signals. We have previously shown that, in the developing chick neural retina, expression of the retinoid X receptor-gamma (RXR-gamma2) nuclear receptor gene is restricted to photoreceptors. To characterize the mechanisms that regulate expression of this gene in the neural retina, we isolated a chicken RXR-gamma genomic clone containing the RXR-gamma2 promoter and mapped the transcription initiation site by means of ribonuclease protection. We analysed promoter activity by transient transfection of luciferase reporter gene constructs into cultured cells isolated from embryonic-chick neural retina or facial mesenchyme, which does not normally express detectable RXR-gamma2 transcripts. The DNA fragment lying between nucleotides -657 and +37 with respect to the transcription initiation site had basal promoter activity in both cell types. The fragment lying between nucleotides -1198 and -991 directed 10-20-fold higher levels of luciferase activity in neural retina cells, but only basal levels in facial mesenchyme cells. This 208 bp fragment also enhanced the activity of the simian-virus-40 promoter, when placed upstream in either orientation. Electrophoretic-mobility-shift assays using this 208 bp fragment demonstrated the formation of four neural retina-specific protein-DNA complexes. These results indicate that regulation of RXR-gamma2 transcription in the developing chick neural retina involves the binding of one or more neural retina-specific protein factors to an enhancer element located approx. 1 kbp upstream of the transcription initiation site.  (+info)

(2/157) Identification of the copper regulon in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by DNA microarrays.

In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, copper ions regulate gene expression through the two transcriptional activators, Ace1 and Mac1. Ace1 mediates copper-induced gene expression in cells exposed to stressful levels of copper salts, whereas Mac1 activates a subset of genes under copper-deficient conditions. DNA microarray hybridization experiments revealed a limited set of yeast genes differentially expressed under growth conditions of excess copper or copper deficiency. Mac1 activates the expression of six S. cerevisiae genes, including CTR1, CTR3, FRE1, FRE7, YFR055w, and YJL217w. Two of the last three newly identified Mac1 target genes have no known function; the third, YFR055w, is homologous to cystathionine gamma-lyase encoded by CYS3. Several genes that are differentially expressed in cells containing a constitutively active Mac1, designated Mac1(up1), are not direct targets of Mac1. Induction or repression of these genes is likely a secondary effect of cells because of constitutive Mac1 activity. Elevated copper levels induced the expression of the metallothioneins CUP1 and CRS5 and two genes, FET3 and FTR1, in the iron uptake system. Copper-induced FET3 and FTR1 expression arises from an indirect copper effect on cellular iron pools.  (+info)

(3/157) The uncoupling protein-3 gene is transcribed from tissue-specific promoters in humans but not in rodents.

Uncoupling protein-3 (UCP3), a mitochondrial membrane transporter, is a candidate effector of thermogenesis. Even though mice with targeted disruption of the UCP3 gene are not obese, indirect evidence suggests that this protein contributes to the control of energy expenditure in humans. We therefore characterized the human UCP3 gene and compared it with its rodent homologues with respect to tissue-specific expression and regulatory regions. Like rodent UCP3, human UCP3 was expressed in skeletal muscle and brown adipose tissue (BAT). The short mRNA isoform, UCP3(S), which is absent in rodents, was relatively more abundant in human skeletal muscle in comparison to human BAT. Two tissue-specific transcription start sites for each skeletal muscle and BAT were delineated for human UCP3. Tissue-specific transcript initiation was maintained in both tissues and cultured cells over a wide range of expression levels. In contrast, rodent transcripts were initiated at the same site in BAT and muscle tissue. Comparison of human and rodent promoters indicated a rapid phylogenetic evolution suggesting functional diversification. The transcription from tissue-specific promoters in humans is a novel finding that may provide the basis for therapeutic interventions aimed at regulating energy expenditure in a tissue-specific fashion.  (+info)

(4/157) Restoration of correct splicing of thalassemic beta-globin pre-mRNA by modified U1 snRNAs.

The T-->G mutation at nucleotide 705 in the second intron of the beta-globin gene creates an aberrant 5' splice site and activates a 3' cryptic splice site upstream from the mutation. As a result, the IVS2-705 pre-mRNA is spliced via the aberrant splice sites leading to a deficiency of beta-globin mRNA and protein and to the genetic blood disorder thalassemia. We have shown previously that in cell culture models of thalassemia, aberrant splicing of beta-thalassemic IVS2-705 pre-mRNA was permanently corrected by a modified murine U7 snRNA that incorporated sequences antisense to the splice sites activated by the mutation. To explore the possibility of using other snRNAs as vectors for antisense sequences, U1 snRNA was modified in a similar manner. Replacement of the U1 9-nucleotide 5' splice site recognition sequence with nucleotides complementary to the aberrant 5' splice site failed to correct splicing of IVS2-705 pre-mRNA. In contrast, U1 snRNA targeted to the cryptic 3' splice site was effective. A hybrid with a modified U7 snRNA gene under the control of the U1 promoter and terminator sequences resulted in the highest levels of correction (up to 70%) in transiently and stably transfected target cells.  (+info)

(5/157) Molecular evidence for a role of Shaw (Kv3) potassium channel subunits in potassium currents of dog atrium.

We previously described an ultrarapid delayed rectifier current in dog atrial myocytes (IKur,d) with properties resembling currents reported for Kv3.1 channels in neural tissue; however, there was no direct molecular evidence for Shaw subfamily (Kv3) subunit expression in the heart. To identify the molecular basis of IKur,d, we cloned a full-length cDNA (dKv3.1) from canine atrium with homology-based reverse transcription (RT)- polymerase chain reaction (PCR) cloning techniques. A 1755 bp full-length cDNA (dKv3.1) was obtained, with 94.2 % homology to rat brain Kv3.1 (rbKv3.1). The deduced amino acid sequence had 99.3 % homology with rbKv3.1. Heterologous expression of dKv3.1 in Xenopus oocytes produced currents with activation voltage dependence, rectification, and activation and deactivation kinetics that strongly resemble native IKur,d. Like IKur,d, dKv3.1 was found to be highly sensitive to extracellular 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) and tetraethylammonium (TEA). RNase protection assays, Western blots and immunohistochemical studies demonstrated the presence of dKv3.1 transcripts and proteins in dog atrial preparations and isolated canine atrial myocytes. Protein corresponding to the Kv1.5 subunit, which can also carry ultrarapid delayed rectifier current, was absent. Unlike neural tissues, which express two splice variants (Kv3.1a and Kv3.1b), canine atrium showed only Kv3.1b transcripts. Whole-cell patch-clamp studies showed that IKur,d is absent in canine ventricular myocytes, and immunohistochemical and Western blot analysis demonstrated the absence of dKv3.1 protein in canine ventricle. We conclude that the Shaw-type channel dKv3.1 is present in dog atrium, but not ventricle, and is the likely molecular basis of canine atrial IKur,d.  (+info)

(6/157) Altered hepatic mRNA expression of apoptotic genes during dimethylnitrosamine exposure.

The role of TNFalpha in regulating apoptotic signaling was investigated during subacute, low-dose (5.0 mg/kg) dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)-induced hepatotoxicity. In TNFalpha receptor (TNFR) intact (wild-type, WT) mice following 4 and 7 DMN exposures, hepatic transcripts for TNFalpha and TNFR-1 were elevated as compared to vehicle controls. DMN hepatotoxicity in WT and TNFR-1/TNFR-2 double knockout (DKO) mice were then compared over a 7-d exposure period. Liver RNA was isolated to measure hepatic expression of TNFalpha/Fas-related genes and the Bcl-2 family of genes that impact apoptosis. Hepatic mRNA levels for Fas, the apoptosis-promoting gene Bax, and the anti-apoptotic gene, Bcl-X(L), were up regulated following 4 and 7 DMN exposures in both WT and TNFR DKO mice as compared to vehicle controls. Notably, hepatic transcript levels for Bax were higher in TNFR DKO mice treated with DMN compared to identically treated WT mice. However, we detected approximately equal DMN-induced apoptotic degradation of liver DNA following 1, 4, and 7 exposures in WT and TNFR DKO mice. Taken together, these data show DMN-induced hepatic TNFalpha expression and suggest that TNFR-1 signaling may be up regulated following 4 and 7 daily DMN exposures. However, TNFalpha is not required for apoptotic signaling at the mRNA transcript level within the liver and instead may actually decrease Bax production.  (+info)

(7/157) Adeno-associated virus RNAs appear in a temporal order and their splicing is stimulated during coinfection with adenovirus.

We have used a quantitative RNase protection assay to characterize the relative accumulation and abundance of individual adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV) RNAs throughout the course of AAV-adenovirus coinfections and preinfections. We have demonstrated that there is a previously unrecognized temporal order to the appearance of AAV RNAs. First, unspliced P5-generated transcripts, which encode Rep78, were detectable prior to the significant accumulation of other AAV RNAs. Ultimately, as previously demonstrated, P19-generated products accumulated to levels greater than those generated from P5, and P40-generated transcripts predominated in the total RNA pool. Second, the percentage of each class of AAV RNA that was spliced increased during infection, and the degree of this increase was different for the P5/P19 products than for those generated by P40. At late times postcoinfection, approximately 90% of P40 products, but only approximately 50% of RNAs generated by P5 and P19, were seen to be spliced; thus, the AAV intron was removed to different final levels from these different RNA species. We have shown that each of the AAV RNAs is quite stable; the majority of each RNA species persisted 6 h after treatment with actinomycin D. Quantification of the accumulation of individual AAV RNAs, over intervals during which degradation was negligible, allowed us to infer that at late times during infection the relative strength of P5, P19, and P40 was approximately 1:3:18, respectively, consistent with the steady-state accumulated levels of the RNAs generated by each promoter. All AAV RNAs exited to the cytoplasm with similar efficiencies in the presence or absence of adenovirus; however, adenovirus coinfection appeared to stimulate total splicing of AAV RNAs and the relative use of the downstream intron acceptor. Our results confirm and extend previous observations concerning the appearance and processing of AAV-generated RNAs.  (+info)

(8/157) Expansion of the (CTG)(n) repeat in the 5'-UTR of a reporter gene impedes translation.

Effects of d(CAG)(n).d(CTG)(n) repeats on expression of a reporter gene in human cell culture were studied using transient transfection, RNase protection and coupled transcription/translation assays. Cloning these repeats into the reporter 3'-UTR did not affect gene functioning. In contrast, placing the repeats in the reporter 5'-UTR led to strong inhibition of expression. This inhibition depended on the repeat orientation, being prominent only when the (CTG)(n) tracts were in the sense strand for transcription. Further, the strength of inhibition increased exponentially with an increase in repeat length. Our data indicate that expanded (CTG)(n) repeats prevent efficient translation of the reporter mRNA both in vitro and in vivo. We suggest that formation of stable hairpins by (CUG)(n) runs of increasing length in the 5'-UTR of a mRNA progressively inhibits the scanning step of translation initiation. This points to a novel mechanism of regulating gene expression by expandable d(CTG)(n) repeats.  (+info)