Transcriptional regulation of the mouse microtubule-associated protein tau

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Department of Cell Biology



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Animals; Base Sequence; Gene Expression Regulation; Humans; Mice; Microtubules; Molecular Sequence Data; Promoter Regions, Genetic; Rats; Sequence Alignment; Transcription, Genetic; tau Proteins


Cell Biology


The microtubule-associated protein (MAP) tau is found primarily in neurons and errors in its regulation are associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Tau expression is transcriptionally regulated and tissue-specific. In this study, starting with a approximately 7500-bp fragment from the mouse tau gene, which includes tau exon -1, we define regions preferentially conferring tissue-specific expression. Furthermore, gel shift assays indicate that transcriptional regulators SP-1 and AP-2 are important for basal expression but not necessary for neuron-specific expression of the tau transcript.

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Citation: Biochim Biophys Acta. 2005 Jan 11;1681(2-3):175-81. Epub 2004 Nov 26. Link to article on publisher's site

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