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A Novel Element Upstream of the Vγ2 Gene in the Murine T Cell Receptor γ Locus Cooperates with the 3′ Enhancer to Act as a Locus Control Region


Transgenic expression constructs were employed to identify a cis-acting transcription element in the T cell receptor (TCR)-gamma locus, called HsA, between the Vgamma5 and Vgamma2 genes. In constructs lacking the previously defined enhancer (3'E(Cgamma1)), HsA supports transcription in mature but not immature T cells in a largely position-independent fashion. 3'E(Cgamma1), without HsA, supports transcription in immature and mature T cells but is subject to severe position effects. Together, the two elements support expression in immature and mature T cells in a copy number-dependent, position-independent fashion. Furthermore, HsA was necessary for consistent rearrangement of transgenic recombination substrates. These data suggest that HsA provides chromatin-opening activity and, together with 3'E(Cgamma1), constitutes a T cell-specific locus control region for the TCR-gamma locus.

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