Retroviral promoter : next to my Promoter

P.C. PC at
Tue Feb 3 01:08:31 EST 2004

everything is possible; at this level of detail you really have to do an 
experiment (often to realize that all you were guessing before was wrong).

retroviruses have played their role in the evolution (and continue to do 
so), expression of your gene might have been affected in humans.

did you try mouse and fish?


Tobias McNultey wrote:
> I'm looking at this  gene that has  interesting
> transcription properties. I have
> the  genomic sequence near the 5' end of
> the transcriptional strat site.
> A promoter finder found this sequence which
> has  CCATC and TATAAAA and a GC box--real pretty canonical promoter
> but it's an "MLT1" repeat about 200 nucs upstream
> of my transcr start site and same orientation 5' to 3'.
> Another (predicted)promoter lies closer to the transcr start site,
> maybe the "real" prmoter, but less typical-looking.
> Might this promoter-like seq  play a role in the transcription of
> my gene? If it's such a canonical looking promoter,
> might it interfere? The chimp ortholog doesn't have this retroviral
> promoter in its sequence but only human does.

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