Transcriptional repression of the α1(I) collagen gene by ras is mediated in part by an intronic AP1 site

James L. Slack, M. Iqbal Parker, Paul Bornstein

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We have previously shown that transformation of fibroblasts by ras results in transcriptional inhibition of the α1(I) gene. An α1(I)‐hGH chimeric plasmid containing 3.7 kb of 5′ flanking and 4.4 kb of α1(I) transcribed sequence was regulated appropriately by ras in a transient transfection assay. In contrast, a similar plasmid containing α1(I) DNA from −220 to + 500 was virtually unresponsive to ras. The regions from −3700 to −220 and + 500 to + 4400 contributed equally to the ras‐mediated inhibition of the parental plasmid. Deletion analysis indicated that a short fragment, between +500 and +890 in the first intron of the α1(I) gene, was recognized differently in ras‐transformed and wild‐type cells. A previously described AP1 site in this fragment stimulated α1(I) transcription in Rat1 fibroblasts but was inactive in ras‐ transformed cells. Mobility shift assays using nuclear extracts from the two cell types demonstrated differences in binding to the α1(I) AP1 site. We conclude that ras transformation suppresses the function of a cell‐specific enhancer in the first intron of the α1(I) collagen gene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-392
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of cellular biochemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1995


  • DNase hypersensitivity
  • cell transformation
  • gene regulation
  • mobility shift assays
  • oncogene
  • transient transfection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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