Specific recognition of the blk promoter by the B-lymphoid transcription factor B-cell-specific activator protein

Patty Zwollo, Stephen Desiderio

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Several genes of the src family encode protein-tyrosine kinases that associate with the B-cell antigen receptor complex and are activated upon receptor cross-linking, including blk, lyn, and fyn. The blk gene is the only member of this family whose expression is restricted to B-lymphoid cells. In the B lineage, blk is developmentally regulated: blk transcripts are first detected in pro-B-cells and persist until the differentiation of mature B- cells to plasma cells. We have found that the blk promoter is a target for a specific DNA-binding protein whose activity in B-lymphoid cell lines is positively correlated with blk expression. By three criteria, we have identified this DNA-binding protein as the transcription factor B-cell- specific activator protein (BSAP): 1) oligonucleotides containing known BSAP recognition sites were found to compete specifically with blk for binding to the protein detected in B-lymphoid extracts; 2) authentic BSAP was shown to bind the same site within the blk promoter as the protein identified in B- lymphoid extracts; and 3) the specific DNA-protein complex formed in B- lymphoid extracts was shown to react with an anti-BSAP antiserum. BSAP has been implicated previously in the transcriptional regulation of CD19, whose pattern of expression in B-cell development coincides with that of blk. These observations, and the correlation between expression of BSAP and expression of blk, suggest that BSAP is a positive regulator of blk transcription.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15310-15317
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume269
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 27 1994

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PAX5 Transcription Factor
Transcription factors
Transcription Factors
Cells
DNA-Binding Proteins
B-Lymphocytes
Genes
src Genes
Lymphocytes
B-Cell Antigen Receptors
Proteins
B-Lymphoid Precursor Cells
Transcription Factor AP-1
Transcription
Plasma Cells
Oligonucleotides
Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Immune Sera
Carrier Proteins
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Specific recognition of the blk promoter by the B-lymphoid transcription factor B-cell-specific activator protein. / Zwollo, Patty; Desiderio, Stephen.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 269, No. 21, 27.05.1994, p. 15310-15317.

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