Transcriptional regulation of the cellular retinoic acid binding protein I gene in F9 teratocarcinoma cells

A L Means, J R Thompson, L J Gudas
2000 Cell growth & differentiation : the molecular biology journal of the American Association for Cancer Research  
Retinoic acid (RA) induces the differentiation of many murine teratocarcinoma cell lines such as F9 and P19. In F9 cells, the level of the cellular retinoic acid binding protein I (CRABP I) mRNA is greatly reduced after exposure of the cultured cells to exogenous RA. In P19 cells, the level of CRABP I mRNA is greatly increased after RA exposure. We have identified a 176-bp region in the murine CRABP I promoter, between -2.9 and -2.7 kb 5' of the start site of transcription, which acts as an
more » ... ncer in undifferentiated F9 stem cells and through which RA effects inhibition of CRABP I transcription. Within this region are two footprinted sites at -2763 and -2834. This 176-bp regulatory region does not function to enhance CRABP I transcription in P19 stem cells. Several DNA sequences within these two footprinted regions bind proteins from F9 nuclear extracts but not from P19 nuclear extracts (e.g., FP1B, FP1A, and FP2B), as assessed by gel shift assays. This 176-bp CRABP I genomic region has not been sequenced previously and functionally analyzed in cultured cells because it was not present in the murine CRABP I clones used for the promoter analyses reported earlier by another laboratory. The function of this enhancer may be to reduce the expression of the CRABP I gene in specific embryonic cell types in order to regulate the amount of RA to which the cells are exposed.
pmid:10714763 fatcat:qlawy6ywgnf35lg3bxdeqnht4i