Transcripts from the Xenopus gene GS17 are absent from oocytes and first appear at the midblastula transition (MBT), about 8 hr after fertilization. Injection experiments with deletions of the GS17 gene and GS17-β-globin hybrid genes show that a relatively short sequence of 74 base pairs is sufficient to activate, in cis, transcription at the MBT. This 74-base sequence is located about 700 bases upstream of the GS17 promoter and has the properties of an enhancer element.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
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