The functional activity of the promoter region of the rat c-Ha-ras gene was examined in FRTL5 rat thyroid cells, the cell type from which this promoter was cloned. A plasmid (p035-ras-CAT) was constructed containing the untranslated -1 exon as well as 172 base pairs (bp)5' to this exon inserted upstream of the chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) reporter gene. These 172 bp of 5'-flanking region contain two 10 bp GC box consensus sites and two CAAT boxes. Very weak promoter activity was observed in experiments involving transient transfection of FRTL5 cells with this plasmid, as well as with another plasmid (p5kb-ras-CAT) containing a much more extensive (3.5 kb) 5'-flanking region of the gene. In contrast, strong promoter activity was observed when the same plasmids were transfected into mouse 3T3 fibroblasts. When other promoters (pfos, RSV, and MMTV) were used to drive CAT activity, CAT activity in FRTL5 cells was about 10-fold less than in NIH-3T3 cells and rat embryo fibroblasts. However c-Ha-ras promoter activity was reduced out of proportion in FRTL5 thyroid cells relative to the other cell types (~50-fold less). DNA gel-shift assays performed using crude extracts of FRTL5 and 3T3 nuclear proteins revealed quantitatively similar binding to the same promoter region in the c-Ha-ras 5'-flanking sequence. These data demonstrate that promoter activity of the rat c-Ha-ras gene is contained within the 172 bp 5'-flanking region of the gene. This promoter activity is expressed at a much lower level in slow-growing FRTL5 cells relative to other more rapidly growing cell types.
STUDIES ON THE PROMOTER REGION OF THE C-HA-RAS GENE IN FRTL5 RAT-THYROID CELLS / G., Damante; Filetti, Sebastiano; B., Rapoport. - In: MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY. - ISSN 0888-8809. - 1:10(1987), pp. 729-734. [10.1210/mend-1-10-729]
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|Titolo:||STUDIES ON THE PROMOTER REGION OF THE C-HA-RAS GENE IN FRTL5 RAT-THYROID CELLS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1987|
|Citazione:||STUDIES ON THE PROMOTER REGION OF THE C-HA-RAS GENE IN FRTL5 RAT-THYROID CELLS / G., Damante; Filetti, Sebastiano; B., Rapoport. - In: MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY. - ISSN 0888-8809. - 1:10(1987), pp. 729-734. [10.1210/mend-1-10-729]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|