ldhc Expression in Non-germ Cell Nuclei is Repressed by NF-I Binding

Poonam Jethanandani, Erwin Goldberg*

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Developmental and testis-specific expression of the mouse lactate dehydrogenase C (mldhc) gene requires mechanisms for activation in germ cells and repression in somatic cells. Promoter activity restricted to the testis has been demonstrated using in vitro transcription assays with a 60-base pair promoter sequence upstream of the transcription initiation site. This promoter fragment has a TATA box and an overlapping 31-base pair palindromic sequence. Here we have explored the role of the palindrome as a silencer of the ldhc gene in somatic tissues. A gel retardation assay detected two sites within the palindrome that were important for protein binding. A member of the NF-I/CTF family was identified as the protein binding to one of the sites. In transiently transfected mouse L cells, a promoter fragment in which the NF-I site was mutated showed a 4-fold greater activity as compared with the wild-type sequence. Overexpression of the four NF-I proteins, NF-IA, -B, -C, or -X, in mouse L cells transiently transfected with an ldhc promoter-reporter construct resulted in a 20-50% decrease in activity of the wild-type promoter but had no effect when the NF-I binding element in the palindrome was mutated. These results indicate a role for the NF-I proteins in regulation of the mldhc gene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35414-35421
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 21 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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