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Schäffer, L; Scheid, A; Spielmann, P; Breymann, C; Zimmermann, R; Meuli, M; Gassmann, M; Marti, H H; Wenger, R H (2003). Oxygen-regulated expression of TGF-beta 3, a growth factor involved in trophoblast differentiation. Placenta, 24(10):941-950.

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The transforming growth factor-beta 3 (TGF-beta 3) is involved in oxygen-dependent differentiation processes during placental development and pregnancy disorders. However, the importance of oxygen partial pressure for the regulation of TGF-beta 3 expression is presently unclear. We and others presented preliminary evidence that the hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) confers TGF-beta 3 transcription but it was unknown whether this occurred directly or indirectly. To analyze how HIF-1 regulates TGF-beta 3 gene transcription, we cloned and sequenced the mouse TGF-beta 3 promoter region. Multiple putative HIF-1 binding sites (HBSs) were identified, many of which co-localized with two G+C rich CpG islands 5' to the TGF-beta 3 transcription start site. A 6.8 kb fragment of the TGF-beta 3 promoter induced reporter gene expression under hypoxic conditions or when treated with an iron chelator known to stabilize and activate the HIF-1 alpha subunit. Deletion of a 2.4 kb fragment upstream of the distal CpG island abolished inducibility of reporter gene expression. Two HBSs (HBS1 and HBS6) that bound the HIF-1 protein could be identified within this 2.4 kb fragment. These results suggest that TGF-beta 3 gene expression is directly regulated by HIF-1.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Obstetrics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:12
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0143-4004(03)00166-8
PubMed ID:14580376

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