Embryonal Long Terminal Repeat-Binding Protein Is a Murine Homolog of FTZ-F1, a Member of the Steroid Receptor Superfamily

Toshio Tsukiyama, Hitoshi Ueda, Susumu Hirose, Ohtsura Niwa

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Abstract

The embryonal long terminal repeat-binding protein, ELP, is present in undifferentiated mouse embryonal carcinoma cells. It binds to and suppresses transcription of the Moloney leukemia virus long terminal repeat in undifferentiated murine embryonal carcinoma cells. We report here that ELP is a mouse homolog of Drosophila FTZ-F1, which positively regulates transcription of the fushi tarazu gene in blastoderm-stage embryos of the fly. As members of the steroid receptor superfamily, ELP and FTZ-F1 have both DNA binding and putative ligand binding domains which are well conserved between the two. ELP and FTZ-F1 function in cells in the extremely early stage of development. A high degree of conservation between the two transcription factors during the evolution of these species indicates the importance of their functions in early-stage embryogenesis. In addition, the sequence elements they recognize do not contain repeat units, in contrast to other steroid receptors, which usually bind to either palindromic or direct repeat sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1286-1291
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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