The most upstream hypersensitive site (HS) of the β-globin locus control region (LCR) in humans (5' HS 5) and chickens (5' HS 4) can act as an insulating element in some gain of function assays and may demarcate a β- globin domain. We have mapped the most upstream HSs of the mouse β-globin LCR and sequenced this region. We find that mice have a region homologous to human 5' HS 5 that is associated with a minor HS. In addition we map a unique HS upstream of 5' HS 5 and refer to this novel site as mouse 5' HS 6. We have also generated mice containing a targeted deletion of the region containing 5' HS 5 and 6. We find that after excision of the selectable marker in vivo, deletion of 5' HS 5 and 6 has a minimal effect on transcription and does not prevent formation of the remaining LCR HSs. Taken together these findings suggest that the most upstream HSs of the mouse β-globin LCR are not necessary for maintaining the β-globin locus in an active configuration or to protect it from a surrounding repressive chromatin environment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology