Gene Transcription Through Myc Family Members in Eukaryotic Cells

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Abstract

c-Myc family proteins, encoded by <I>c-myc</I> family proto-oncogenes, play critical roles in mechanisms associated with proliferation, differentiation and apoptotic death in eukaryotic cells. These functions are mediated by transcriptional activity of these proteins through binding to the E-box core sequence CACGTG referred to as a Myc core element located at a promoter or enhancer region of the individual target genes in the nucleus. Recent studies have demonstrated the presence of novel nuclear proteins that specifically recognize a Myc core element, in addition to c-Myc, Max, Mad and Mxi1. On the other hand, a Myc core element has alternating purine/pyrimidine repeats which could undergo a conformational transition from right-handed (B-DNA) to left-handed (Z-DNA) forms in the presence of a high concentration of salts such as Mg<SUP>2+</SUP> and polyamines. Similarly, a Myc element has a homopurine-homopyrimidine site that may take a triplex configuration in particular situations. We have searched for nuclear proteins that can specifically recognize a Myc core element in different topological variations in murine brain.

Journal

  • The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology

    The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology 80(2), 103-109, 1999-06-01

    The Japanese Pharmacological Society

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10008194773
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00691188
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    REV
  • ISSN
    00215198
  • NDL Article ID
    4771903
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZS51(科学技術--薬学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-D199
  • Data Source
    CJP  NDL  J-STAGE 
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