In silico characterization of the neural alpha tubulin gene promoter of the sea urchin embryo Paracentrotus lividus by phylogenetic footprinting

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Abstract

During Paracentrotus lividus sea urchin embryo development one alpha and one beta tubulin genes are expressed specifically in the neural cells and they are early end output of the gene regulatory network that specifies the neural commitment. In this paper we haveused a comparative genomics approach to identify conserved regulatory elements in the P. lividus neural alpha tubulin gene. To this purpose, we have first isolated a genomic clone containing the entire gene plus 4.5 Kb of 50 upstream sequences. Then, we have shown by gene transfer experiments that its non-coding region drives the spatiotemporal gene expression corresponding substantially to that of the endogenous gene. In addition, we have identified by genome and EST sequence analysis the S. purpuratus alpha tubulin orthologous gene and we propose a revised annotation of some tubulin family members. Moreover, by computational techniques we delineate at least three putative regulatory regions located both in the upstream region and in the first intron containing putative binding sites for Forkhead and Nkx transcription factor families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2633-2644
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Biology Reports
Volume39 issue 3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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