Isolation of a functional human gene for brain creatine kinase.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

There is evidence that the gene for the B isozyme of creatine kinase is regulated during cell differentiation, is under hormonal control, and is activated in a small cell lung carcinoma. In order to investigate further the mechanisms of these processes, the human gene was isolated and the structure of the promoter region was determined. A human DNA fragment of 8 kilobase pairs was shown to encompass the entire coding region and 850 base pairs (bp) of the 5'-flanking sequence. This fragment was transfected into three cell lines and shown to express functional enzyme. The 5'-end of the gene is split by a 230-bp intron that is located 12 bp upstream of the initiator ATG codon. Transcription initiation occurs at a site that is approximately 69 bp upstream of the 5'-end of this intron. The DNA sequence in the region upstream of the 5'-end of the mRNA is suggestive of two superimposed promoters that contain additional sequence elements that are known to regulate expression of other eukaryote genes. The 5'-region also has a remarkable homology to the overlapping promoters of the adenovirus EIIaE gene. These elements collectively form the basis for initial investigations of how this gene is controlled.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daouk, GH; Kaddurah-Daouk, R; Putney, S; Kingston, R; Schimmel, P

Published Date

  • February 15, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 263 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2442 - 2446

PubMed ID

  • 2828370

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States