A 5-kilobase pair promoter fragment of the murine epididymal retinoic acid-binding protein gene drives the tissue-specific, cell-specific, and androgen-regulated expression of a foreign gene in the epididymis of transgenic mice.

Lareyre JJ, Thomas TZ, Zheng WL, Kasper S, Ong DE, Orgebin-Crist MC, Matusik RJ
J Biol Chem. 1999 274 (12): 8282-90

PMID: 10075734 · DOI:10.1074/jbc.274.12.8282

The murine epididymis synthesizes and secretes a retinoic acid-binding protein (mE-RABP) that belongs to the lipocalin superfamily. The gene encoding mE-RABP is specifically expressed in the mouse mid/distal caput epididymidis under androgen control. In transgenic mice, a 5-kilobase pair (kb) promoter fragment, but not a 0.6-kb fragment, of the mE-RABP gene driving the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter gene restricted high level of transgene expression to the caput epididymidis. No transgene expression was detected in any other male or female tissues. Immunolocalization of the CAT protein and in situ hybridization of the corresponding CAT mRNA indicated that transgene expression occurred in the principal cells of the mid/distal caput epididymidis, thereby mimicking the spatial endogenous mE-RABP gene expression. Transgene and mE-RABP gene expression was detected from 30 days and progressively increased until 60 days of age. Castration, efferent duct ligation, and hormone replacement studies demonstrated that transgene expression was specifically regulated by androgen but not by any other testicular factors. Altogether, our results demonstrate that the 5-kb promoter fragment of the mE-RABP gene contains all of the information required for the hormonal regulation and the spatial and temporal expression of the mE-RABP gene in the epididymis.

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Androgens Animals Chloramphenicol O-Acetyltransferase DNA Fragmentation Epididymis Female Genes, Reporter In Situ Hybridization Male Mice Mice, Transgenic Promoter Regions, Genetic Receptors, Retinoic Acid Retinol-Binding Proteins, Plasma Transgenes

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