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J. Biol. Chem. 283, 23514–23. Snail regulates cell-matrix adhesion by regulation of the expression of integrins and basement membrane proteins. 2008

Haraguchi, M., Okubo, T., Miyashita, Y., Miyamoto, Y., Hayashi, M., Crotti, T.N., McHugh, K.P. and Ozawa, M.

Notes: Snail is a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin that enhances both cell attachment and cell detachment in Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) and A4231 cells. To investigate this effect, the authors used Western blot analysis and RT-PCR to monitor protein and mRNA levels of the major adhesive proteins expressed in epithelial cells: laminin, heparin sulfate proteoglycan and collagens. For RT-PCR, total RNA was isolated from transiently transfected snail-expressing MDCK and A431 cells and untransfected cells, then reverse transcribed. The resulting cDNA was amplified by PCR using GoTaq® DNA Polymerase; glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase was amplified as an internal control. The ability of Snail to regulate the integrin αV promoter was also examined by cloning the promoter and several promoter deletions upstream of a firefly luciferase reporter gene in the pGL3-Basic Vector. Each of these constructs (1µg) and 20ng of pRL-CMV Vector were transfected into MDCK and MDCK/snail cells, and luminescence was measured using the Dual Luciferase Assay System. (3882)

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Anticancer Res. 27, 3843–8. Pamidronate down-regulates urokinase-type plasminogen activator expression in PC-3 prostate cancer cells. 2007

Iguchi, K. et al.

Notes: In this paper, the authors hypothesized that bisphosphonates, which are used to prevent tumor metastasis, affect expression of urokinasetype plasminogen activator (uPA), which seems to be critical for prostate cancer metastasis. The authors examined the effect of several bisphosphonates on uPA expression in PC-3 cells. Pamidronate treatment resulted in lower uPA mRNA levels. To investigate the cause, the authors created a uPA reporter construct (pGL3-uPA) by cloning the 5′-flanking region of the human uPA gene upstream of a firefly luciferase reporter gene in the pGL3-Basic Vector. PC-3 cells were seeded at a density of 3 × 104 cells/well in 24-well culture plates and transfected with 0.5µg of pGL3-uPA and 1ng of the Renilla luciferase phRL-TK Vector using FuGENE® 6 Transfection Reagent. At 48 hours post-transfection, the authors measured reporter activity using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System to learn that treatment with 100µM pamidronate inhibited transcription of the uPA gene. (4384)

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Mol. Pharmacol. 72, 1380–1390. Activation of Nrf2 by toxic bile acids provokes adaptive defense responses to enhance cell survival at the emergence of oxidative stress. 2007

Tan, K.P., Yang, M. and Ito, S.

Notes: The authors explored the role that nuclear factor (erythroid 2-like) factor 2 (Nrf2) may have in mitigating the cytotoxic effects of bile acids on cells. A reporter vector was constructed using the core sequence of antioxidant reporter element (ARE) sythnesized by annealing two complementary oligonucleotides with Kpn1 and BglII at the 5’ and 3’ ends, respectively, and ligated into the same restriction sites of the pGL3-Promoter Vector (designated pGL3_ARE). To ensure specificity for the experiments, three point mutations were introduced into the ARE sequence (designated pGL3_mARE). To create HepG2 cells that stably expressed human Na(+)-taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP), the cDNA clone of NTCP was subcloned into pTargeT™ Mammalian Expression Vector via the NotI site and selected using 500μg/ml G-418. The stable clones or standard HepG2 cells were transiently transfected with 0.1µg of pGL3_ARE or pGL3_mARE, 0.02µg of the control reporter pRL-TK Vector, with or without Nrf2 or dominant negative Nrf2 expression constructs. After overnight transfection, the cells were treated with bile acids for 16–18 hours and luciferase activities determined using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. Each experiment was done in triplicate and repeated at least two times. (3691)

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J. Biol. Chem. 282, 7982–7890. C/EBPbeta participates in regulating transcription of the p53 gene in response to mitogen stimulation. 2007

Boggs, K. and Reisman, D.

Notes: To explore the role of C/EBPb isoforms in regulating p53 expression during the cell cycle, the 1.7 kb murine p53 promoter was cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector. Using TransFast™ Reagent, Swiss3T3 and 6629 (C/EBPb-null) cells were transfected with 0.1–0.75 µg of pGL3-1.7-kb p53 promoter construct with or without co-transfection of 0.25 µg of C/EBPb-2, and with 50 ng of pRL-TK Vector as an internal control. Twenty-four hours post-transfection, the cells were harvested and assayed for luciferase activity, normalizing reporter activity to Renilla luciferase activity. The GeneEditor™ in vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis System was used to either mutate or delete the –972/–953 cis-acting element carrying the C/EBPb-binding site within the p53 promoter, and 0.1–0.75 µg of the mutant constructs were then tested in the same reporter assay. The C/EBPb-1, -2, and -3 cDNAs were cloned into an expression vector and translated using 0.5µg of plasmid in the TNT® T7 Quick Coupled transcription/translation system either in the presence of unlabeled or [35S]methionine. The synthesized proteins were analyzed on 12% SDS-polyacrylamide gel. (3675)

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J. Biol. Chem. 282, 10953–10962. Evidence for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3-independent transactivation by the vitamin D receptor: uncoupling the receptor and ligand in keratinocytes. 2007

Ellison, T.I., Eckert, R.L. and MacDonald, P.N.

Notes: While the absence of the Vitamin D receptor (VDR) has profound effects in skin cells, mutation of 25-hydroxyvitamin D 1α-hydroxylase (24OHase), the enzyme required for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) hormone biosynthesis, has little effect on the skin. To determine how VDR may transactivate independent of the 1,25(OH)2D3 ligand, the human 24-hydroxylase promoter was amplified from MCF-7 genomic DNA, digested with XhoI and HindIII and inserted into the pGL3-Basic Vector. Mutations in the proximal and distal vitamin D response elements in the human 24-hydroxylase promoter were introduced using the GeneEditor™ Site-Directed Mutagenesis System. HaCaT cells, primary human fibroblasts or primary human keratinocytes were seeded at a density of 3.2 × 104 cells/well in 12-well plates and transiently transfected with reporter constructs. After 18 hours, the cells were exposed to 1,25(OH)2D3, 9-cis-retinoic acid, ethanol vehicle, or no additive and harvested 24 hours later. The luciferase activity of the cell lysates was measured using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. Five micrograms of RNA purified from mouse keratinocyte and fibroblast cultures was reverse transcribed and amplified for the 24OHase transcripts using the PCR Master Mix. The products were analyzed on ethidium bromide-stained 2% agarose gels. (3695)

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J. Immunol. 178, 4517-4527. Evidence for evolving Toll-IL-1 receptor-containing adaptor molecule function in vertebrates. 2007

Sullivan, C., Postlethwait, J.H., Lage, C.R., Millard, P.J. and Kim, C.H.

Notes: The authors used reporter assays and coimmunoprecipitation experiments to compare the zebrafish (Danio rerio) Toll-IL-1R-containing adaptor molecule 1 (TICAM1) activation of NF-κB and zebrafish type I IFN to mammalian TICAM1 activation. 293H and ZFL (zebrafish liver) cells were cotransfected with 400 ng of TICAM1 construct (mouse, zebrafish or a deletion construct), 400 ng of a reporter construct (e.g., a zebrafish IFN promoter cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector) and 10 ng of pRL-CMV Vector, an internal control to normalize data. After 24 hours for 293H cells and 48 hours for ZFL cells, the transfected cells were lysed, and luciferase activity was measured using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. For coimmunoprecipitation experiments, 293H cells were cotransfected with a total of 8µg of plasmids (3µg of zebrafish or mouse TICAM1 construct, 3µg of interacting protein construct, 1µg of the pAdVAntage™ Vector, and 1µg of antiapoptotic protein p35 construct). Forty-eight hours posttransfection, the cells were lysed, the protein bound to affinity resins and analyzed by Western blot. (3755)

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J. Biol. Chem. 282, 10290–10298. Interaction between sterol regulatory element-binding proteins and liver receptor homolog-1 reciprocally suppresses their transcriptional activities. 2007

Kanayama, T., Arito, M., So, K., Hachimura, S., Inoue, J. and Sato, R.

Notes: To explore the interaction of liver receptor homolog (LRH)-1, a known suppressor of sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) transcriptional activity, human LRH-1 was reverse transcribed then amplified by PCR from total RNA from HepG2 cells. The amplification product was ligated into the pTargeT™ Mammalian Expression Vector to create pTarget-LRH1. For reporter experiments, a PCR fragment that encompassed the 1.3kb 5’-promoter region of the human small heterodimer partner (SHP) gene was cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector (designated pSRB). The pGL3-Promoter Vector was used to construct pLRHREx3, which contains three LRH-1 response elements, and the insert was generated using synthetic oligonucleotides. HEK293 cells were cotransfected with 0.2µg of a promoter-firefly luciferase construct, 0.1µg of a SREBP expression plasmid, 10ng of phRL-TK Vector and 0.2 or 0.6µg of pTarget-LRH1. Alternatively, the cotransfected plasmids were 0.2µg of pSHP, 0.1µg of pTarget-LRH1, 10ng of phRL-TK Vector and 0.2 or 0.6µg of a SREBP expression plasmid. The pLRHREx3 construct (0.2µg) was cotransfected with 0.1µg of a LRH-1 expression plasmid, 0.2µg of pCMXPGC-1α (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ coactivator-1α), 10ng of phRL-TK Vector, and 0.1 or 0.3µg of a pSREBP expression vector in HEK 293 cells. Luciferase expression was assayed 48 hours post-transfection using the Dual-Luciferase® Assay Reporter System. To express SREBPs and LRH-1 in vitro, inserts were ligated into the pTNT™ Vector, synthesized using the TNT® Coupled Transcription/Translation System with radiolabeled methionine. Ten microliters of the 35S-labelled protein was then used in a GST-pulldown assay. (3692)

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Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 10613-10618. Presenilin/γ-secretase-dependent processing of β-amyloid precursor protein regulates EGF receptor expression 2007

Zhang, Y-w., Wang, R., Liu, Q., Zhang, H., Liao, F-F. and Xu, H.

Notes: The authors of this study investigated the downstream effects of the release of the intracellular domain of the Amyloid-β precursor protein (AICD) on cellular activities. They amplified the 5′ region of the mouse EGFR gene and cloned it into a pGL3 vector. This construct was cotransfected into embryonic fibroblasts derived from APP/APLP2 DKO mice along with a vector expressing AICD, AICD and the multidomain protein Fe65, Fe65 alone or NotchΔE, along with a Renilla control vector to normalize data for transfection efficiency. The data indicate that AICD negatively regulates transcription of the EGF Receptor gene. (3861)

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J. Biol. Chem. 282, 14194-14204. Regulation of the interleukin-7 receptor α-promoter by the Ets transcription factors PU.1 and GA-binding protein in developing B cells. 2007

Dekoter, R.P., Schweitzer, B.L., Kamath, M.B., Jones, D., Tagoh, H., Bonifer, C., Hildeman, D.A., and Huang, K.J.

Notes: The interleukin-7 receptor is composed of γ and α subunits, encoded by the genes il7rg and il7r, respectively. The α subunit is expressed in developing B cells and is downregulated upon maturation. These authors investigated the mechanisms of transcriptional regulation of the il7r gene using 5´ RACE, EMSA, RNA interference and chromatin immunoprecipitation analyses. Potential promoter regions identified by 5´ RACE analysis were cloned into the pGL3-Basic luciferase reporter vector for further study. The promoter constructs were transiently transfected into the 38B9 pro-B cell line along with the control pRL-TK Vector, which expresses Renilla luciferase, and the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System was used to assess luciferase activity from the various promoter constructs. The promoter construct having the highest activity was chosen, and site directed mutagenesis was used to identify specific regions within the promoter fragment that may be important for activity. Sequence analysis was then used to identify a conserved Ets transcription factor binding site within the putative il7r promoter region. To determine whether the ETS transcription factor GABP binds to this Ets region, the authors performed chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis with an anti-GABP antibody. Immunoprecipitated DNA was then PCR-amplified with primers specific for the Ets region or control primers. The Wizard® SV Gel and PCR Clean-Up System was used to purify the amplified fragments prior to semiquantitative PCR analysis. (3626)

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J. Biol. Chem. 281, 31348-31358. SerpinB2 is an inducible host factor involved in enhancing HIV-1 transcription and replication. 2007

Darnell GA, Schroder WA, Gardner J, Harrich D, Yu H, Medcalf RL, Warrilow D, Antalis TM, Sonza S, Suhrbier A.

Notes: Expression of SerpinB2 by activated monocytes and macrophages is up-regulated during inflammatory processes and following infection with certain parasitic, viral and bacterial pathogens. These authors identified SerpinB2 as a potentially important host factor in enhancing HIV transcription. They showed that HIV-1 infection and gp120 treatment of peripheral blood mononuclear cells caused induction of SerpinB2, and that SerpinB2 expression resulted in enhanced viral replication. Viral transcription was increased 3-10 fold in cells expressing SerpinB2 and was reduced in macrophages from SerpinB2 knockout mice. They used a series of truncated HIV-1 promoter constructs to localize the region associated with SerpinB2 enhancement of transcription to a region of the HIV-1 long terminal repeat promoter containing three Sp1 binding sites. They used luciferase reporter constructs and beta-galactosidase control vectors in these reporter assays. (3710)

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J. Biol. Chem. 281, 22656–22664. The SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling subunit BAF57 is a critical regulator of estrogen receptor function in breast cancer cells. 2007

Garcia-Pedrero, J.M, Kiskinis, E., Parker, M.G., and Belandia, B.

Notes: To examine the role that BAF57, a transcriptional modulator of the estrogen receptor (ER), may have in breast cancer, BT549 cells were transfected with a reporter vector (pGL3-Basic with two estrogen response elements and the human pS2 promoter), the control pRL-CMV Vector and combinations of the following expression vectors: mERα or hERβ, BAF57, SRC1e, SRC1a and RAC3. After 16 hours, the cells were treated with 17β-estradiol. Twenty-four hours later, the cells were harvested and the luciferase activities assayed using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. GST-BAF57 (full-length, N- or C-domain) fusion protein was bound to Sepharose beads and incubated with 17β-estradiol or vehicle and wildtype or one of various mERα interaction domain mutants, which have been expressed and labeled with 35S methionine using a TNT® rabbit reticulocyte lysate system. The beads were washed and analyzed for bound protein. ZR-75-1 cells were transfected with BAF57 siRNA then treated with 17β-estradiol 24 hours later. Cell proliferation was measured using the CellTiter® 96 AQueous One Solution Cell Proliferation Assay. (3599)

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Cancer Res. 67, 1239–1245. TSP50 encodes a testis-specific protease and is negatively regulated by p53. 2007

Xu, H., Shan, J., Jurukovski, V., Yuan, L., Li, J. and Tian, K.

Notes: TSP50 is a testis-specific gene found to be overexpressed in human breast cancer tissue. Of interest is a putative p53 binding site in the TSP50 promoter. To examine what effect p53 may have on TSP50 expression, the TSP50 promoter was cloned into a pGL3 Luciferase Reporter Vector and cotransfected with a wildtype or R249S mutant p53 and a control vector, pCMV/β-galactosidase, into HeLa, HEK293 and paired MCF7 cells. After 24 hours, the cells were assessed for luciferase expression using the Luciferase Assay System and normalized to β-galactosidase expression, which was measured using the Beta-Glo® Assay System. (3598)

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Mol. Cell. Biol. 27, 7947-7954. Vitamin K induces osteoblast differentiation through pregnane X receptor-mediated transcriptional control of the Msx2 gene. 2007

Igarashi, M., Yogiashi, Y., Mihara, M., Takada, I., Kitagawa, H. and Kato, S.

Notes: Igarashi et al. showed that expression of the Msx2 gene, which enodes a transcription factor, is induced by vitamin K treatment via a pregnane X receptor response element (PXRE) and by estrogen via an estrogen response element (ERE). Promoter analysis was performed by cloning the Msx2 promoters into the pGL3-Basic Vector, transfecting MC3T3 and ST2 cells with the pGL3-Basic constructs, treating the cell with 10nM 17β-estradiol and 10µM vitamin K, then measuring luciferase activity. The pRL-CMV Vector (2.5ng per well of a 12-well plate) was cotransfected to normalize for transfection efficiency. The ability of PXR to bind to the Msx2-PXRE was assessed by an avidin-biotin complex DNA assay. Sense and antisense oligonucleotides that were biotinylated at the 5´ end were annealed and immobilized with the TetraLink™ Tetrameric Avidin Resin. HEK293T cells were lysed with lysis buffer (10mM Tris-HCl [pH7.8], 1mM EDTA, 150mM NaCl, 0.1% NP-40) containing protease inhibitors, then centrifuged to clarify the extract. The supernatants were mixed with the DNA-TetraLink™ Resin to allow proteins to bind to the oligos, and resin was washed with lysis buffer. Bound proteins were analyzed by SDS-PAGE and Western blotting. (3805)

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J. Leukoc. Biol. 79, 628-638. Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Mycobacterium smegmatis, and lipopolysaccharide induce different transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of the IRG1 gene in murine macrophages. 2006

Basler, T., Jeckstadt, S., Valentin-Weigand, P., and Goethe, R.

Notes: In this study a 984bp fragment of the IRG1 5´ promoter region was cloned into the pGL3 Basic Vector. Transfection-quality plasmid DNA was purified using the PureYield™ Plasmid Midiprep System and used to transfect RAW264.7 cells. Twenty-four hours post-transfection, cells were stimulated with LPS or infected with Mycobacterium paratuberculosis or Mycobacterium smegmatis for an additional 24 hours. Relative luciferase activities in LPS-stimulated and infected macrophages were then assayed using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. (3365)

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Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4552-4557. A dopamine transporter gene functional variant associated with cocaine abuse in a Brazilian sample. 2006

Guindalini, C., Howard, M., Haddley, K., Laranjeira, R., Collier, D., Ammar, N., Craig, I., O'Gara, C., Bubb, V.J., Greenwood, T., Kelsoe, J., Asherson, P., Murray, R.M., Castelo, A., Quinn, J.P., Vallada, H., and Breen, G.

Notes: These authors investigated the effect of various polymorphisms in the dopamine transporter gene (SLC6A3) on susceptibility to cocaine addiction. Genotyping of various polymorphisms in cocaine abusers and control subjects revealed a potential association of the int8 VNTR with cocaine abuse. Seven alleles of the int8 VNTR were sequenced. Various allelic sequences were then cloned into a modified phRL-SV40 Renilla luciferase reporter vector and transfected into the mouse SN4741 cell line, which expresses the dopamine transporter, and the effects on reporter activity were monitored. Sequences of two alleles were then cloned into a pGL3 Promoter Vector construct and transfected into JAP cells. The cells were then challenged with various amounts of cocaine, KCL or KCl and forskolin, and the effect on reporter activity was monitored. The TransFast™ Reagent was used for transfections at a 2:1 reagent:DNA ratio. (3543)

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J. Clin. Oncol. 24, 983-7. Elevated serum B-lymphocyte stimulator levels in patients with familial lymphoproliferative disorders. 2006

Novak, A.J., Grote, D.M., Ziesmer, S.C., Kline, M.P., Manske, M.K., Slager, S., Witzig, T.E., Shanafelt, T., Call, T.G., Kay, N.E., Jelinek, D.F., Cerhan, J.R., Gross, J.A., Harder, B., Dillon, S.R. and Ansell, S.M.

Notes: To test the significance of the C or T polymorphism at position -871 of the serum B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) promoter region, the BLyS promoter was amplified, digested with Kpn I and cloned into the pGL3-Enhancer Vector. HL60 cells were then transiently transfected by electroporation using 10µg of the pGL3-BLyS-promoter constructs and 40ng of the pGL4.75[hRluc/CMV] Vector, which expresses Renilla luciferase. After 48 hours, expression of the reporter genes was assessed using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. (3343)

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FEBS Lett. 580, 755-762. Interferon regulatory factor-1 is prerequisite to the constitutive expression and IFN-gamma-induced upregulation of B7-H1 (CD274). 2006

Lee, S.J., Jang, B.C., Lee, S.W., Yang, Y.I., Suh, S.I., Park, Y.M., Oh, S., Shin, J.G., Yao, S., Chen, L. and Choi, I.H.

Notes: Many cancer cells upregulate the co-signaling molecule B7-H1, conferring resistance to anti-tumor immunity. The ability of interferon regulatory factor-1 (IRF-1) to upregulate B7-H1 expression was characterized by cloning fragments of the B7-H1 promoter upstream of the firefly luciferase reporter gene in the pGL3-Basic Vector and monitoring luciferase expression using the Dual Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. Firefly luciferase measurements were normalized using Renilla luciferase (pRL-CMV Vector). Putative IRF-1 binding sites in the B7-H1 promoter were identified using the Gel Shift Assay System. RT-PCR was used to examine B7-H1 mRNA levels in interferon-γ-treated or untreated A549 cells exposed to various concentrations of IRF-1 siRNA. cDNA synthesis was performed with the ImProm-II™ Reverse Transcription System. (3451)

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Cancer Res. 66, 9090-9098. MicroRNA regulates the expression of human cytochrome P450 1B1. 2006

Tsuchiya, Y., Nakajima, M., Takagi, S., Taniya, T., and Yokoi, T.

Notes: These authors identified a region complementary to the microRNA miR-27b in the 3´ UTR of the cytochrome p450 CYP1B1 mRNA, and showed that miR-27b was involved in regulation of CYP1B1 expression. The 3´ UTR containing the miRNA target site was cloned downstream of the luciferase gene in the pGL3 Promoter Vector and cotransfected into the miR-27b-positive breast cancer cell line MCF-7 and into miR-27b-negative Jurkat cells. Luciferase expression levels from the reporter vector containing the CYP1B1 3´ UTR sequence were reduced in miR-27b-positive cells, but not in the Jurkat cell controls. Delivery of an antisense oligoribonucleotide directed against miR-27b to MCF-7 cells containing the reporter construct resulted in restoration of luciferase activity. The effects of inhibition of miR-27b on protein levels and enzymatic activity of CYP1B1 were then investigated in MCF-7 cells. CYP1B1 protein levels and enzymatic activity increased significantly in cells transfected with the antisense oligo; the enzymatic activity was measured using a p450-Glo™ Assay. The coding region and 3´ UTR of the CYP1B1 gene were also PCR-amplified, subcloned the into the pTargeT™ Mammalian Expression Vector, and transfected into HEK293 cells. The effect of overexpression of miR-27b on protein levels and enzymatic activity of CYP1B1 was then evaluated in these cells. (3622)

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J. Biol. Chem. 281, 2044–2052. Proline oxidase, a proapoptotic gene, is induced by troglitazone: evidence for both peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma-dependent and -independent mechanisms. 2006

Pandhare, J., Cooper, S.K. and Phang, J.M.

Notes: A proline oxidase (POX) antisense vector was generated by amplifying part of the POX cDNA and ligating the product into the pCI Mammalian Expression Vector in the antisense orientation. This construct was tested and validated for blocking POX mRNA expression using RT-PCR. Both PPARγ and p53 cDNAs were also cloned into the pCI Vector. The human POX promoter sequence was amplified and cloned into the NheI and HindIII sites of the pGL3-Basic Vector to create the POX-Luc reporter construct. Using several colon cancer cell lines (HT29, LoVo, HCT116, HCT15, RKO, KM12, HCC2998 and SW620), the POX-Luc construct was co-transfected with pRL-null (to normalize transfection efficiency) plus PPARγ, p53 constructs or empty vector. A PPARγ ligand was added 10 hours post-transfection and cells harvested 24–36 hours after transfection. POX promoter luciferase activity was measured using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System and a TD-20/20 luminometer. (3514)

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J. Biol. Chem. 280, 28412-28423. Protein Kinase C βII plays an essential role in dendritic cell differentiation and autoregulates its own expression. 2006

Cejas, P.J., Carlson, L.M., Zhang, J., Padmanabhan, S., Kolonias, D., Lindner, I., Haley, S., Boise, L.H. and Lee, K.P.

Notes: Protein Kinase C activity was assayed in unstimulated KG1, KG1a, KG1a-neo and KG1a-PKC-βII-GFP human leukemic cells using the SignaTECT® Protein Kinase C (PKC) Assay System. For PKC-βII promoter analysis, reporter constructs were cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector. The pRL-CMV plasmid was used as an internal control to normalize luciferase activity. Reporter assays were carried out using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. (3407)

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J. Immunol. 176, 5519-5528. Reduced nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2) promoter activity in the Syrian hamster renders the animal functionally deficient in NOS2 activity and unable to control an intracellular pathogen. 2006

Perez, L.E., Chandrasekar, B., Saldarriaga, O.A., Zhao, W., Arteaga, L.T., Travi, B.L. and Melby, P.C.

Notes: Leishmania donovani infection elicits an immune response in mice macrophages that includes the upregulation of nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2). Hamster and human macrophages do not exhibit an upregulation of NOS2 upon infection. The authors measured the activities of the NOS2 promoter in response to interferon-γ (IFNγ) and lipopolysaccharide treatment of mouse, hamster and human macrophages. The mouse, hamster and human NOS2 promoters were cloned into pGL3-Basic Vector and transfected into mouse macrophages by electroporation. Promoter activities were determined using the Dual Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. The pRL-null Vector was used to normalize for differences in transfection efficiency (3470)

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J. Immunol. 176, 5050–5059. Substance P stimulates cyclooxygenase-2 and prostaglandin E2 expression through JAK-STAT activation in human colonic epithelial cells. 2006

Koon, H.W., Zhao, D., Zhan, Y., Rhee, S.H., Moyer, M.P. and Pothoulakis, C.

Notes: To examine the effect of Substance P (SP) on COX-2 expression, the COX-2 promoter region spanning –2069 to –66 bp was cloned by PCR and subcloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector (pGL3-Cox-2). Nontransformed human colonic epithelial NCM460 cells overexpressing neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R; NCM460-NK-1R) were seeded in 12-well plates and transiently transfected with pGL3-Cox-2 with either a transfection control pRL-TK Vector or siRNA or both. The siRNA molecules used were for AK1, JAK2 (Upstate Biotechnology), STAT3, STAT5, STAT6 or a control siRNA. The transfected cells were serum starved for 24 hours, treated with SP for 4 hours and then lysed. The cell extracts were measured for firefly and Renilla luciferase activities using the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. Relative luciferase activity was a ratio of COX-2 promoter firefly activity to Renilla activity; results were expressed as percentage of control group without SP stimulation. To mutate the STAT binding elements, the pGL3-Cox-2 construct was modified using the GeneEditor™ in vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis System. The resulting mutant constructs were tested in the same system as the wildtype COX-2 promoter. (3520)

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J. Immunol. 176, 5050-9. Substance P stimulates cyclooxygenase-2 and prostaglandin E2 expression through JAK-STAT activation in human colonic epithelial cells. 2006

Koon, H-W., Zhao, D., Zhan, Y., Rhee, S.H., Moyer, M.P. and Pothoulakis, C.

Notes: The COX-2 promoter was cloned by PCR into the pGL3 Vector. NCM460-NK-1R cells were transiently transfected with the cloned promoter and the pRL-TK vector as an internal control or siRNA targeted against various JAK/STAT genes. The Dual-Luciferase® Assay was used to measure promoter activity. The wildtype COX-2 promoter was mutagenized using the GeneEditor™ in vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis System. (3384)

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J. Biol. Chem. 281, 17635–17643. The constitutive expression of anticoagulant protein S is regulated through multiple binding sites for Sp1 and Sp3 transcription factors in the protein S gene promoter. 2006

de Wolf, C.J., Cupers, R.M., Bertina, R.M. and Vos, H.L.

Notes: The Protein S promoter (PROS1) fragment –5948/–1 was cloned directly 5’ to the firefly luciferase reporter gene in the pGL3-Basic Vector using the KpnI and XhoI enzyme sites. This construct, PS5948-luc, was linearized with KpnI and NdeI and subsequently subjected to progressive deletion. The size of the resulting 5’-deletion was determined by sequence analysis, and the deletion constructs were used for transient transfection assays. HepG2, HuH7, HeLa and HUVEC cells were transfected at 60–80% confluency in 12-well plates using 3µl of Tfx™-20 per microgram DNA. In each transfection, an equimolar concentration of construct was used and supplemented with an additional plasmid to keep the amount of transfected DNA constant. pRL-SV40 Vector was co-transfected as a transfection control using a 1:500 ratio to the total transfected amount of DNA in HepG2, HuH7 and HeLa cell lines, and a 1:100 ratio in transfections with HUVEC and 1 × 106 Meg01 suspension cells. Transcription factor expression vector (250ng) was co-transfected, and expression vector without the transcription factor cDNA was used as a negative control. Cell extracts were harvested at either 24 (HepG2 and HuH7) or 48 hours (Meg01, HUVEC, and HeLa) post-transfection using 250µl of Passive Lysis Buffer per well. Luciferase activity was determined using 20–100µl of lysate with the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. (3510)

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J. Biol. Chem. 281, 9030-9037. The plasma membrane lactate transporter MCT4, but not MCT1, is up-regulated by hypoxia through a HIF-1alpha-dependent mechanism. 2006

Ullah, M.S., Davies, A.J. and Halestrap, A.P.

Notes: Monocarboxylate transporters (MCT) transport lactic acid across the cell membrane. The promoters of 4 MCT family members (MCT1, MCT2, MCT3 and MCT4), were amplified by PCR and cloned into the pGEM®-T Easy Vector. The sequences were confirmed, and the promoters were cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector. The Dual-Glo™ Luciferase Assay System was used to quantitate promoter activity under basal and hypoxic conditions in HeLa cells. The pRL-SV40 Vector was used to normalize for differences in transfection efficiency. (3463)

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