The enhancer for the immunoglobulin μ heavy chain gene (IgH) activates a heterologous gene at the pre-B cell stage of B lymphocyte differentiation. A lymphoid-specific element, μB, is necessary for enhancer function in pre-B cells. A μB binding protein is encoded by the PU.1/Spi-1 proto-oncogene. Another sequence element, μA, was identified in the μ enhancer that binds the product of the ets-1 proto-oncogene. The μA motif was required for μB-dependent enhancer activity, which suggests that a minimal B cell-specific enhancer is composed of both the PU.1 and Ets-1 binding sites. Co-expression of both PU.1 and Ets-1 in nonlymphoid cells trans-activated reporter plasmids that contained the minimal μ enhancer. These results implicate two members of the Ets family in the activation of IgH gene expression.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jul 2 1993|
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