The regulation of Xmyf-5 gene, a muscle determinant, expression in xenopus laevis

Wen Van Mei, Jing Yang, Qing Hua Tao, Xiao Yan Ding

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Xmyf-5 gene is a member of the myogenic regulatory genes important for Xenopus muscle cell commitment and differentiation. To analyze the mechanism involved in regulating Xmyf-5 gene activity in the process of myogenesis, the 4.9 kb 5′ upstream sequence of Xmyf-5 was identified. LacZ gene could be activated in the presomitic mesoderm in stage 14 embryos and myotomes in stage 25 embryos when it was driven by the 4.9 kb sequence and introduced into embryos at 2 cell stage. The Luciferase reporter gene activities driven by deletion constructs suggested that there are at least one enhancer between 4.9 kb and 3.5 kb of Xmyf-5 5′ upstream DNA and one negatively regulative factor between 2.0 kb and 0.9 kb of the Xmyf-5 5′ upstream DNA. In addition, sequence analysis indicated that a 100 bp fragment 5′ upstream of Xmyf-5 contained conserved regulative elements such as OLS which were found in other vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-586
Number of pages2
JournalActa Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Enhancer
  • Upstream sequence
  • Xenopus
  • Xmyf-5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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