The Role of PTF1-P48 in Pancreatic Acinar Gene Expression

Scott D. Rose, Galvin H Swift, Michael J. Peyton, Robert E Hammer, Raymond J MacDonald

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The 100-base pair ELA1 transcriptional enhancer drives high level transcription to pancreatic acinar cells of transgenic mice and in transfected pancreatic acinar cells in culture. The A element within the enhancer is the sole positively acting element for acinar specificity. We show that the acinar cell-specific bHLH protein PTF1-P48 and the common bHLH cofactor HEB are part of the PTF1 complex that binds the A element and mediates its activity. Acinar-like activity of the enhancer can be reconstituted in HeLa cells by the introduction of P48, HEB, and the PDX1-containing trimeric homeodomain complex that binds the second pancreatic element of the enhancer. The 5′ region of the mouse Ptf1-p48 gene from -12.5 to +0.2 kilobase pairs contains the regulatory information to direct expression in transgenic mice to the pancreas and other organs of the gut that express the endogenous Ptf1-p48 Ptf7-p48 gene. The 5′-flanking sequence contains two activating regions, one of which is specific for acinar cells, and a repressing domain active in non-pancreatic cells. Comparison of the 5′-gene flanking regions of the mouse, rat, and human genes identified conserved sequence blocks containing binding sites for known gut transcription factors within the acinar cell-specific control region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44018-44026
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 23 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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