Tissue-specific transcription of the rat tyrosine hydroxylase gene requires synergy between an AP-1 motif and an overlapping E box-containing dyad.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Transcription of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), the rate-limiting enzyme in catecholamine biosynthesis, is regulated in a tissue-specific manner. We have identified sequences from -205 to -182 as the minimal enhancer for TH in pheochromocytoma cells using site-directed mutagenesis. This segment (TGATTCAGAGGCAGGTGCCTGTGA) is composed of an AP-1 motif (TGATTCA) and an overlapping 20 bp dyad whose core resembles an E box site (CANNTG). Interaction between the two elements is necessary both in vivo and in vitro: mutation of either element caused a 65%-95% reduction in transcription, and the combination of the two elements conferred cell-specific activation on a heterologous promoter; separation of the two elements by an additional helical turn not only disrupted a DNA-protein complex unique to the two elements, but also abolished expression in vivo. Therefore, we conclude that the interaction between the AP-1 and the E box dyad motifs is responsible for cell-specific TH expression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yoon, SO; Chikaraishi, DM

Published Date

  • July 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 55 - 67

PubMed ID

  • 1352985

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-6273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0896-6273(92)90220-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States