In vivo expression profile of a H+-K+-ATPase α2-subunit promoter-reporter transgene

Wenzheng Zhang, Xuefeng Xia, Lei Zou, Xiangyang Xu, Gene D. LeSage, Bruce C. Kone

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Because little is known about the molecular basis of transcriptional regulation of the murine H+-K+-ATPase α2 (HKα2) gene or other genes whose expression is restricted in part to the collecting duct, especially in vivo, we developed transgenic mice carrying an insertional HKα2 promoter-reporter gene construct. In these mice, the region -7,264/+253 of the HKα2 5′-flanking region controls expression of the reporter gene enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). Patterns of HKα2/EGFP transgene expression were examined by fluorescence microscopy and immunoblotting. Of 10 major organs examined, EGFP immunoreactivity was detected abundantly in the kidney, and to a far lesser extent, in the brain and lung. Within the kidney, EGFP fluorescence was detected exclusively in the collecting ducts of transgenic mice and colocalized with the cellular distribution of both endogenous HKα2 and aquaporin-2, consistent with the known expression pattern of endogenous HKα2 in principal cells. Surprisingly, no transgene expression was evident by immunoblotting or fluorescence microscopy in the distal colon, the site of the highest endogenous HKα2 expression. Although previous studies of steady-state mRNA levels suggested differences in HKα2 gene regulation in the kidney and colon, our results provide the first direct evidence of differential transcriptional control of the HKα2 gene in these organs and suggest that regions outside the 5′-flanking region or other regulatory factors play a role in HKα2 expression in the distal colon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F1171-F1177
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number6 55-6
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Gene regulation
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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