A minimal Bcl-x promoter is activated by Brn-3a and repressed by p53

Sugars, Katherine L., Budhram-Mahadeo, Vishwanie, Packham, Graham and Latchman, David S. (2001) A minimal Bcl-x promoter is activated by Brn-3a and repressed by p53. Nucleic Acids Research, 29, (22), 4530-4540. (doi:10.1093/nar/29.22.4530).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/29.22.4530


The Brn-3a transcription factor stimulates the expression of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 and Bcl-x proteins and protects neuronal cells from apoptosis. Here we show that a minimal Bcl-x promoter is activated by Brn-3a and that this stimulation is prevented by the pro-apoptotic p53 protein. Both these effects are mediated via Bcl-x promoter sequences, which are indistinguishable from those required for minimal basal promoter activity. A newly described upstream Bcl-x promoter is also activated by Brn-3a with this activation being prevented by p53. Hence, Brn-3a-mediated activation of two distinct Bcl-x promoters and of the Bcl-2 promoter is blocked by p53 whereas this is not observed for Brn-3a activated promoters derived from genes not involved in inhibiting apoptosis. p53 therefore appears to specifically target the activation by Brn-3a of promoters derived from genes with an anti-apoptotic effect and this may be involved in the pro-apoptotic activity of p53.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/nar/29.22.4530
ISSNs: 0305-1048 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Cancer Sciences
ePrint ID: 26630
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Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:49
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/26630

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