Elongation and premature termination of transcripts initiated from c-fos and c-myc promoters show dissimilar patterns

Plet, A.; Eick, D.; Blanchard, J. M.


1995-01-19 / vol 10 / pages 319-28


RNA polymerase II seems to be prone to stop at intrinsic pause sites, thus introducing a further potential level of regulation. It was recently shown that RNA polymerase II was held at the P2 promoter of c-myc gene. We confirmed the presence of engaged polymerases in the murine fibroblastic Ltk- and pre-B lymphoid 70Z3 cell lines. High resolution run-on analysis and in vivo permanganate-dependent footprinting showed that this holds true for the c-fos gene in unstimulated cells where a strong block to transcription elongation was evidenced. In contrast to what was observed in the c-myc gene, an even more intense signal was observed in run-on experiments downstream to the promoter, on a c-fos oligonucleotide including position +385 where an in vitro transcription arrest site was previously mapped. Genomic footprinting of DNA from intact cells and isolated nuclei confirmed the involvement of several thymidines belonging to a T-rich stretch in a melted region which was not detected upon polymerase release. In order to observe a short abortive c-fos transcript accumulating in vivo we resorted to microinjection of c-fos templates in Xenopus oocytes where transcripts were stable.

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*Gene Expression Regulation; Animals; Mice; Molecular Sequence Data; Base Sequence; Cell Line; Transfection; *Genes, fos; *Genes, myc; *Promoter Regions (Genetics); *Peptide Chain Termination, Translational; Fibroblasts; Peptide Chain Elongation, Translational; RNA Polymerase II/*physiology; Xenopus/genetics

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