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Biochemistry - Molecular Biology - Oncology

The Guanine-Quadruplex Structure in the Human c-myc Gene's Promoter Is Converted into B-DNA Form by the Human Poly(ADP-Ribose)Polymerase-1
Published: Monday, August 06, 2012
Author: Anna Fekete et al.

by Anna Fekete, Erzsebet Kenesi, Eva Hunyadi-Gulyas, Hajnalka Durgo, Barbara Berko, Zsuzsanna A. Dunai, Pal I. Bauer

The important regulatory role of the guanine-quadruplex (GQ) structure, present in the nuclease hypersensitive element (NHE) III1 region of the human c-myc (h c-myc) gene's promoter, in the regulation of the transcription of that gene has been documented. Here we present evidences, that the human nuclear poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 (h PARP-1) protein participates in the regulation of the h c-myc gene expression through its interaction with this GQ structure, characterized by binding assays, fluorescence energy transfer (FRET) experiments and by affinity pull-down experiments in vitro, and by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-qPCR analysis and h c-myc-promoter-luciferase reporter determinations in vivo. We surmise that h PARP-1 binds to the GQ structure and participates in the conversion of that structure into the transcriptionally more active B-DNA form. The first Zn-finger structure present in h PARP-1 participates in this interaction. PARP-1 might be a new member of the group of proteins participating in the regulation of transcription through their interactions with GQ structures present in the promoters of different genes.
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