We have carried out a structural and functional analysis on the human NF-L (H-NF-L) gene. It contains a methylation-free island, spanning the 5' flanking sequences and the first exon and a number of neuronal-specific DNase I hypersensitive sites have been identified in the upstream region as well as within the body of the gene. Analysis in cell lines and transgenic mice using a combination of these sites has revealed the presence of a conserved element(s) between -300bp and -190bp which is required for neuronal-specific expression.

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Nucleic Acids Research
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Yazdanbakhsh, K., Fraser, P., Kioussis, D., Vidal, M., Grosveld, F., & Lindenbaum, M. H. (1993). Functional Analysis of the Human Neurofilament Light Chain Gene Promoter. Nucleic Acids Research, 21, 455–461. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/2487