Structure and expression of the mouse AhR nuclear translocator (mArnt) gene

Feng Wang, Jin Xou Gao, Junsei Mimura, Akira Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Sogawa, Yoshiaki Fujii-Kuriyama

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    Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) nuclear translocator (Arnt) gene has been isolated and characterized from a mouse genomic DNA library. The gene is about 60 kilobases long and split into 22 exons. An unusual exon/intron junctional sequence was found in the 11th intron of the gene that begins with GC at its 5'-end. The exon/intron arrangement of mArnt gene differs greatly from those of the other members of the same basic-helix-loop-helix/PAS family. The gene is TATA-less and has several transcription start sites. The promoter region of the mArnt gene is GC-rich and contains a number of putative regulatory DNA sequences such as two GC-boxes, a cAMP-responsive element, E-box, AP-1 site, and CAAT-box. Deletion experiments revealed that all these DNA elements made substantial contributions to a high level of expression of the gene, except for the cAMP-responsive element. Of all, two GC-boxes displayed the most dominant enhancing effects. It was demonstrated that there exist specific factors binding to these DNA elements in the nuclear extracts of HeLa cells. Among them, Sp1 and Sp3, and CAAT-box binding factor-A were identified to bind the GC-boxes nd CAAT-box, respectively. Expression of MyoD in HeLa cells stimulated the Arnt promoter activity by binding to the E-box.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)24867-24873
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
    Issue number38
    Publication statusPublished - 1998 Sep 18

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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