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Cloning and DNA-binding properties of the rat pancreatic beta-cell-specific factor Nkx6.1

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The homeodomain (HD) protein Nkx6.1 is the most beta-cell-specific transcription factor known in the pancreas and its function is critical for the formation of the insulin-producing beta-cells. However, the target genes, DNA-binding site, and transcriptional properties of Nkx6.1 are unknown. Using in vitro binding site selection we have identified the DNA sequence of the Nkx6.1 binding site to be TTAATTG/A. A reporter plasmid containing four copies of this sequence is activated by an Nkx6.1HD/VP16 fusion construct. Full-length Nkx6.1 fails to activate this reporter plasmid in spite of robust interaction with the binding site in vitro. Stable expression of Nkx6.1 in the glucagon-producing alpha-cell-like MSL-G-AN cells induces expression of the endogenous insulin gene in a subset of the cell population. The expression of other known beta-cell-specific factors such as Pax4, Pax6, Pdx1, GLUT2 and GLP1-R is unchanged by the introduction of Nkx6.1.
TidsskriftFEBS letters
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)287-94
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 19 nov. 1999
Eksternt udgivetJa

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