The activity of a gene promoter directly influences the level of gene expression. The activity of a promoter is highly regulated on both the epigenetic and DNA sequence levels, and regulatory mechanisms can be very complex. In order to understand the regulation of expression for a particular gene, identifying the key promoter elements in the promoter of that gene is an important step. The UOL ("Upstream of Latency-associated-transcript") gene of the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1) is expressed in acute infections and as a late gene in infected neuronal cells after reactivation of the latent HSV-1. The goal of my research is to map the core active region, and the key promoter elements of the UOL promoter. In this paper, I describe the use of luciferase assays to determine localized promoter regions of interest for the UOL gene in various cell lines. Previous studies have mapped the UOL promoter to a certain region and our results indicate different subregions within that region that may show enhancing and silencing activity, respectively. These results provide a basis for future analyses that will help determine the specific transcription factors and their binding sites of the UOL promoter. These transcription factors and binding sites could be future drug targets against the HSV-1 reactivation virulent phenotype.
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Results and Discussion...12
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