Transcription Factors

Mark R. Miglarese miglaresemr at pfizer.com
Fri Mar 15 09:14:28 EST 1996

Dear Brent:

If you know some biology of the TF (or family members) in hand, search 
the database for promoters/enhancers for the binding site consensus.  
Pick out promoters that look like they might be good (physiologically 
relevant) targets based on the expression patterns of the TF and 
potential target and whatever other biology is known.  Then test them in 
cotransfection assays in a relevant cell line.  You can also look for 
regulation of the endogenous target mRNA by transfection of the TF cDNA, 
although that rarely works out.  It's always best to start with the 
biology, otherwise you might compile a bunch of solid data and then have 
the unpleasant task of trying to convince a reviewer why your 
neuron-specific TF turns on a liver-specific promoter, for example.

OR, you can do what everybody else is doing.....differential display 
using TF+ and TF- cell lines or inducible TF transfectants.  Be prepared 
for a long term commitment and dealing with the issue of pulling out 
physiologically relevant targets.

I'm sure there are other ways, too.  These are what first popped into my 

Good luck and if you get any other good advice, let me know.  I'm a TF 
guy, too.

Mark R. Miglarese, Ph.D.
Cancer Research
Pfizer Central Research
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