Regulatory elements of the human vimentin gene: activation during proliferation

Reprod Nutr Dev. 1990;30(3):423-9. doi: 10.1051/rnd:19900316.


We investigated the constitution of the vimentin regulatory region through the use of cloned deletion mutants and the nucleotide sequence analysis in order to determine the elements which are implicated in the various physiological stimulations. We report that the vimentin promoter is constituted of a juxtaposition of at least 20 different putative regulatory elements illustrating the molecular tinkering theory. Fifty-eight motifs were found, representing 20 different sequences. Each of these mini-elements displays a consensus sequence homologous to or closely related to that found in regulatory regions of different genes correlated with processes of cell activation and proliferation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation* / drug effects
  • Genes, Homeobox
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid*
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate / pharmacology
  • Transcriptional Activation
  • Vimentin / genetics*


  • Vimentin
  • DNA
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate