Sequence-specific binding of glucocorticoid receptor to MTV DNA at sites within and upstream of the transcribed region

Farhang Payvar, Donald DeFranco, Gary L. Firestone, Bruce Edgar, Örjan Wrange, Sam Okret, Jan Åke Gustafsson, Keith R. Yamamoto

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Glucocorticoid receptor protein stimulates transcription initiation within murine mammary tumor virus (MTV) DNA sequences in vivo, and interacts selectively with MTV DNA in vitro. We mapped and compared five regions of MTV DNA that are bound specifically by purified receptor; one resides upstream of the transcription start site, and the others are distributed within transcribed sequences between 4 and 8 kb from the initiation site. Each region contains at least two strong binding sites for receptor, which itself appears to be a tetramer of 94,000 dalton hormone-binding subunits. Three of the five binding regions contain nine nuclease footprints that lack extensive homology, although a family of related octanucleotides can be discerned. Receptor interacts with the different regions with similar efficiencies, suggesting that receptor affinity for upstream and internal regions may differ by less than one order of magnitude. Moreover, each region appears to be bound independent of the others. A restriction fragment containing four footprint sequences from one of the regions has previously been shown to act in vivo as a receptor-dependent transcriptional enhancer element, implying that the binding sites detected in vitro may be biologically functional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-392
Number of pages12
Issue number2 PART 1
StatePublished - Dec 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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