Identification of a novel transcription factor binding element involved in the regulation by differentiation of the human telomerase (hTERT) promoter

M. Tzukerman, C. Shachaf, Y. Ravel, I. Braunstein, O. Cohen-Barak, M. Yalon-Hacohen, K. L. Skorecki

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Abstract

Three different cell differentiation experimental model systems (human embryonic stem cells, mouse F9 cells, and human HL-60 promyelocytic cells) were used to determine the relationship between the reduction in telomerase activity after differentiation and the regulation of the promoter for the hTERT gene. Promoter constructs of three different lengths were subcloned into the PGL3-basic luciferase reporter vector. In all three experimental systems, all three promoter constructs drove high levels of reporter activity in the nondifferentiated state, with a marked and time-dependent reduction after the induction of differentiation. In all cases, the smallest core promoter construct (283 nt upstream of the ATG) gave the highest activity. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays revealed transcription factor binding to two E-box domains within the core promoter. There was also a marked time-dependent reduction in this binding with differentiation. In addition, a distinct and novel element was identified within the core promoter, which also underwent time-dependent reduction in transcription factor binding with differentiation. Site-directed mutagenesis of this novel element revealed a correlation between transcription factor binding and promoter activity. Taken together, the results indicate that regulation of overall telomerase activity with differentiation is mediated at least in part at the level of the TERT promoter and provides new information regarding details of the regulatory interactions that are involved in this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4381-4391
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Volume11
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes

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