Regulation of mouse DNA topoisomerase IIIα gene expression by YY1 and USF transcription factors

Eun Ju Park, Sang Yup Han, In Kwon Chung

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To investigate the mechanisms responsible for the regulation of DNA topoisomerase IIIα (TOP3α) gene expression, the promoter region of the mouse gene has been cloned and analyzed. The promoter region is moderately high in GC content and lacks a canonical TATA box, typical for promoters of a number of housekeeping genes. Transient expression of a luciferase reporter gene under the control of serially deleted 5′-flanking sequences demonstrated that the 34-bp region from -137 to -170 upstream of the transcription initiation site contains a positive regulatory element(s) for the efficient expression of mouse TOP3α gene. Combined analyses by gel mobility shift and supershift assays revealed that both YY1 and USF transcription factors were capable of binding to the 34-bp region. When YY1 and USF-binding elements were selectively mutated, the luciferase activity of the resulted constructs was greatly reduced, indicating that both YY1 and USF function as transcriptional activators. Interestingly, YY1 and USF-binding elements are conserved in both human and mouse TOP3α promoters. This suggests that mammalian TOP3α genes may possess a common mechanism of transcription regulation through these elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-391
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May 4

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by Grant 98-MM-02-01-A-01 from the Molecular Medicine Research Group Program, MOST, and Grant 2000-2-0610 from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through the Protein Network Research Center at Yonsei University.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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