Transcription of the murine class II eb gene is regulated primarily at the level of transcriptional initiation

Rita M. Egan, Jeffery A. Brockman, Kathy W. Omer, Jerold G. Woodward

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Abstract

The constitutive and inducible expression of MHC class II genes is known to be regulated by multiple upstream promoter elements. Transient transfection assays implicate the proximal promoter region as both necessary and sufficient for appropriate tissue-specific and inducible expression. However, transgenic mouse experiments suggest that additional control regions are important. In this study we tested the hypothesis that additional regulation of class II expression occurred at the level of RNA polymerase II elongation. Nuclear run-on analysis using single-stranded probes spanning the entire Eb gene was performed on a variety of class II-positive, class II-negative, and class II-inducible cell lines. The results demonstrate that, while there is not an even distribution of RNA polymerase along the gene, there is no evidence for a regulated block in elongation. These data further support the idea that the primary mechanism of class II gene regulation is at the level of transcriptional initiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-543
Number of pages7
JournalCellular Immunology
Volume156
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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