Expression of the chicken lysozyme locus in macrophages is regulated by at least six different positive and negative cis-regulatory elements. Chromatin of the chicken lysozyme locus is gradually reorganized during macrophage differentiation, indicating that each cis-regulatory element is activated at a different developmental stage. Irrespective of their differential developmental activation, individual cis-regulatory regions are capable of driving transcription of the lysozyme gene in mature macrophages of transgenic mice. In order to examine the role of different cis-regulatory regions in lysozyme locus activation, we analyzed the time course of transcriptional up-regulation of deletion mutants of the lysozyme locus in a new in vitro differentiation system based on enriched primary macrophage precursor cells from the bone marrow of transgenic mice. We show that constructs carrying cis-regulatory elements which are structurally reorganized early in development are also transcriptionally active at an early stage. A construct in which the early enhancer has been deleted shows a delay in transcriptional activation. The presence or absence of a negative regulatory element has no influence on the time course of transcriptional activation of the lysozyme locus.
|Journal of Biological Chemistry
|Published - 28 Feb 1997
- Lysozyme locus
- transgenic mice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)