Activation and repression domains within the promoter of the rat cathepsin L gene orchestrate sertoli cell-specific and stage-specific gene transcription in transgenic mice

Thomas Visone, Martin Charron, William W. Wright

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Abstract

In murine testes, only Sertoli cells express the cathepsin L (Ctsl) gene, and this expression is restricted to stages V-VIII of the cycle. Our previous transgenic analysis of Tg (-2065/+977) demonstrated that this expression is regulated by a ∼2-kb promoter. To begin to elucidate this regulation, we analyzed the in vivo expression of two new transgenes, Tg (-935/+977) and Tg (-451/+977). Tg (-935/+977) was expressed by Sertoli cells but, in contrast to Tg (-2065/+977), was expressed at all stages of the cycle, by spermatocytes, by the vascular endothelium, and by seven other organs. Tg (-451/+977) was not expressed by Sertoli cells but by spermatogenic cells and by the brain. Lack of expression of Tg (-451/+977) by Sertoli cells was not due to a lack of essential cis-acting elements. Transient transfection analysis of primary cultures of mature rat Sertoli cells demonstrated that in mature Sertoli cells, most of the activity of the Ctsl promoter is accounted for by one of two redundant upstream GC motifs and an Initiator that are within 100 bp of the transcription start site. We conclude that transcriptional repressors upstream from nucleotide -935 of the rat Ctsl gene restrict testicular expression of this gene to Sertoli cells at stages V-VIII. At these stages, transcriptional activators located between nucleotides -935 and -452 promote access of the transcriptional machinery to the two GC boxes and to the Initiator. Thus, upstream repressors and activators as well as cisacting elements near the transcription start site control stagespecific Ctsl transcription by Sertoli cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
JournalBiology of reproduction
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Cathepsin L
  • Gene expression
  • Gene regulation
  • Promoter
  • Sertoli cells
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Transgenic
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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