Identification of a novel OCT1 binding site that is necessary for the elaboration of pulses of rat GnRH promoter activity

Gilles M. Leclerc, Fredric R. Boockfor

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Abstract

Recent evidence from our laboratory demonstrated that the OCT1 protein was necessary for GnRH gene promoter pulse activity through its interaction with a specific OCT1 binding site (OCT1BS-a, -1774/-1781). In light of the importance of this POU homeoprotein in pulsatile function, we focused on two other highly conserved OCT1 sites within this region, OCT1BS-b (-1694/-1701, previously AT-b), and OCT1BS-c (-1569/-1562). Mutagenesis of these sites revealed that alteration of OCT1BS-c, but not OCT1BS-b, virtually abolished gene expression pulses in GT1-7 cells. EMSAs confirmed that OCT1 can bind to both sites. Taken together, our findings demonstrate clearly that more than one Oct1 binding site is necessary for GnRH promoter pulses. Moreover, the lack of an influence observed with OCT1BS-b on pulse activity indicates that OCT1 action is not general to all OCT1 sites, but specific to certain octamer sequences in the NSE region of the GnRH promoter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Volume245
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 21 2005

Keywords

  • GT1-7 cells
  • Luciferase reporter gene
  • Microinjection
  • OCT1 transcription factor
  • Pulsatility
  • Rhythmicity
  • Single-cell imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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