The heat stable antigen (mouse CD24) gene is differentially regulated but has a housekeeping promoter

Roland H. Wenger, Julie M. Rochelle, Michael F Seldin, Georges Köhler, Peter J. Nielsen

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Expression of the mouse heat stable antigen (HSA or mouse CD24) shows tissue-specific as well as developmental regulation. During the maturation of several hematopoietic lineages, HSA expression is generally high in immature precursor cells and low or absent in terminally differentiated cells. We present evidence suggesting that this regulation of the HSA gene (Cd24a) occurs at the transcriptional level. In addition, sequence and methylation analysis of the Cd24a promoter revealed characteristics of both "housekeeping" and tissue-specific promoters, including a methylation-free, HpaII tiny fragment (HTF) island, multiple putative SP1 and AP-2 consensus binding sites, and a TATA box. Functional analysis of a 0.6-kilobase DNA fragment containing these elements fused to the CAT reporter gene in transient transfection experiments showed activity in both HSA expressing and non-expressing cell lines with a strength similar to that of the herpes-simplex virus-thymidine kinase promoter. Large fragments from the flanking region of the Cd24a promoter did not influence the ubiquitous nature of this promoter. Finally, we mapped the Cd24a, Cd24b, and Cd24c genes to mouse chromosomes 10, 8, and 14 respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23345-23352
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number31
StatePublished - Nov 5 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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