Tumor Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 257–266 | Cite as

Analysis of human Ki-67 gene promoter and identification of the Sp1 binding sites for Ki-67 transcription

  • Dong-Sheng Pei
  • Guo-Wei Qian
  • Hui Tian
  • Jie Mou
  • Wang Li
  • Jun-Nian Zheng
Research Article


Ki-67 as a cell proliferation marker is tightly associated with maintenance and regulation of the cell division. To understand the mechanism of Ki-67 gene expression and regulation, we first cloned 5′-flanking region and identified the Ki-67 core promoter. The deletion analysis and the dual luciferase reporter assay were used to locate the Ki-67 core promoter from −223 to +12 nt relative to the transcriptional initiation site, which is the TATA less, GC rich region comprised of several putative Sp1 binding sites. Compared with the hTERT promoter and Survivin promoter, the Ki-67 core promoter possessed higher transcription activity and more desirable tumor selectivity. In order to further demonstrate the contribution of transcription factor Sp1 on regulating the Ki-67 gene transcription, we confirmed three Sp1 binding sites from −170 to −145 nt, from −63 to −38 nt, and from −14 to +12 nt existed in the Ki-67 core promoter by the supershift assay. The deletion mutagenesis, together with the dual luciferase reporter assay, indicated that these Sp1 binding sites, particularly the region from −170 to −145 nt, were involved in positive regulation of the Ki-67 gene expression. Collectively, it was demonstrated that the region from −223 to +12 nt could drive the transcription of the Ki-67 gene, and the Sp1 binding site is essential to transcriptional regulation of the Ki-67 gene.


Ki-67 Core promoter Sp1 Supershift assay 



This project is supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 30972976 and 81071854), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-08-0700), and the Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu Province (No. BK2009089, BK2009091, and BK2010177).

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© International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM) 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-Sheng Pei
    • 1
  • Guo-Wei Qian
    • 1
  • Hui Tian
    • 1
  • Jie Mou
    • 3
  • Wang Li
    • 1
  • Jun-Nian Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biological Cancer TherapyXuzhou Medical CollegeXuzhouChina
  2. 2.Center of Clinical OncologyAffiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical CollegeXuzhouChina
  3. 3.School of PharmacyXuzhou Medical CollegeXuzhouChina

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