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A novel target for the Wilms' tumour suppressor protein (WT1) is bound by a unique combination of zinc fingers

MH Little, G Holmes, L Pell, A Caricasole, A Duarte, M Law, A Ward, B Wainwright



All isoforms of the Wilms' tumour suppressor protein, WT1, contain four consecutive zinc fingers which facilitate DNA binding. The predominant WT1 transcript contains a 9 base pair insertion resulting in an additional three amino acids, lysine-threonine-serine (KTS), between zinc fingers 3 and 4. WT1 zinc fingers 2, 3 and 4 are highly homologous to the zinc fingers of the early growth response gene, EGR1. However, only WT1--KTS is capable of binding an EGR1 consensus site. In contrast, the previously described genomic fragment, +P5 (D1S3309E), is bound by both WT1--KTS and WT1 + KTS. In this study, the region within + P5 to which both WT1 -- KTS and WT1 + KTS bind was defined as 5'-GGAGAGGGA..

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