Jul 1, 1989

The transcriptional response of the human chorionic gonadotropin beta-subunit gene to cAMP is cycloheximide sensitive and is mediated by cis-acting sequences different from that found in the alpha-subunit gene

Molecular Endocrinology
R A FenstermakerJ H Nilson


Cyclic AMP stimulates transcription of the genes encoding the alpha- and beta-subunits of human CG (hCG). Although the cis-acting cAMP response element (CRE) of the alpha-subunit gene has been extensively characterized, relatively little is known about the putative response element of the hCG beta gene. Here, we demonstrate that cAMP stimulation of hCG beta gene transcription requires ongoing protein synthesis, whereas cAMP stimulation of alpha-subunit gene transcription does not. These results suggest that cAMP-stimulated transcription of the alpha and hCG beta genes may involve different cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors. Accordingly, we have constructed a series of deletion mutants consisting of fragments of the hCG beta promoter-regulatory region linked to the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyl transferase gene. To potentiate detection of a CRE, we constructed vectors containing the Rous sarcoma virus enhancer to augment transcriptional activity of the hCG beta-promoter. We also used vectors designed to determine whether regions containing a putative CG beta CRE could confer cAMP responsiveness to a heterologous promoter. These constructs were evaluated for activity by transfection into choriocarcinoma (BeWo) cells...Continue Reading

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Chorionic Gonadotropin, beta Subunit, Human
Shuttle Vectors
Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
8-Bromo Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate, Sodium Salt
Cell Nucleus
Transduction, Genetic
Genes, Regulator
Sarcoma, Avian
Peptide Fragments
Cyclic AMP, (R)-Isomer

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