Detection of brain-specific gene expression in brain cells in primary culture: A novel promoter assay based on the use of a retrovirus vector

K. Ikenaka, K. Nakahira, K. Nakajima, I. Fujimoto, T. Kagawa, M. Ogawa, K. Mikoshiba

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Abstract

Promoter activities of the brain-specific genes for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and myelin basic (MBP) were investigated in brain cells in primary culture with the use of a novel retrovirus vector, pIP200. With this vector, promoter activity can be expressed in terms of β-galactosidase activity. Differentiation of the primary brain cells to mature glial cells was not affected by treatment with the pIP200 virus vector. The 256-bp 5'-flanking region of the GFAP gene directed astrocyte-specific expression of lacZ. It was silent in fibroblasts, even in multiple copies. The 1.3-kb 5'-flanking region of the MBP gene exhibited strict tissue (oligodendrocyte) specificity under the present assay method but showed some leakiness when integrated into the chromosome in multiple copies. Promoter regions conferring cell type specificity in brain were effectively identified by the present method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalNew Biologist
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Mar 9
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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