The human homeodomain protein OTX2 binds to the human tenascin-C promoter and trans-represses its activity in transfected cells

DNA Cell Biol. 1997 May;16(5):559-67. doi: 10.1089/dna.1997.16.559.


Homeodomain-containing proteins mediate many transcriptional processes in eukaryotes during development. Recently, mammalian homeodomain proteins involved in the anterior head formation have been discovered, but their effect on gene transcription has never been investigated. Here we report on the ability of the human homeodomain protein OTX2 to bind with high affinity to a target sequence present in the promoter of the gene encoding the human extracellular matrix protein tenascin-C and to repress its transcriptional activity in transiently transfected cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Homeodomain Proteins / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics*
  • Otx Transcription Factors
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics*
  • Rats
  • Tenascin / genetics*
  • Trans-Activators / genetics*
  • Transcriptional Activation / genetics*
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • OTX2 protein, human
  • Otx Transcription Factors
  • Tenascin
  • Trans-Activators