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Zygote August 1, 2019; 27 (4): 195-202.

Specific activation of the hb4 gene in the Xenopus oocyte through a Nobox-binding element located at the proximal promoter sequence.

Nakamigawa M , Kondo T , Maéno M .

We isolated and characterized Xenopus tropicalis hb4 flanking DNA and showed that the -3076/+29 sequence was able to drive stage-specific transcription in the developmental process. Transgenic reporter analysis indicated that green fluorescent protein was expressed in the ovaries of female frogs at 3 months of age and in both the ovaries and testis of frogs at 6 months of age. A series of experiments with deletion of the flanking sequence and a subsequent luciferase reporter assay revealed that there were two positive regulatory regions and that the most proximal sequence of the promoter region had a certain level of transcriptional activity in oocytes. Subsequently, we showed that a conserved sequence containing Nobox-binding element (NBE) was essential for transcriptional activation and that Nobox expressed in the ovary had a crucial role in hb4 transcription through the NBE sequence.

PubMed ID: 31250783
Article link: Zygote

Species referenced: Xenopus tropicalis Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: nobox