A Novel System Using the Expression of Chloramphenicol Acetyltransferase in Eukaryotic Cells Allows the Quantitative Study of Promoter Elements

  • Cornelia Gorman
  • Laimomis Laimons
  • Glenn T. Merlino
  • Peter Gruss
  • George Khoury
  • Bruce Howard
Part of the GWUMC Department of Biochemistry Annual Spring Symposia book series (GWUN)


As the number of isolated putative eukaryotic promoter sequences has increased, so has the need for an accurate means of measuring the function of these sequences. The in vitro transcription systems developed by Manley et al. (1980) and Weil et al. (1979) offer one approach. However, it is becoming clear that the in vitro transcription systems may respond to different regulatory signals and thus do not afford the ideal system for the study of in vivo transcriptional control (Benoist and Chambon, 1980). The study of promoters after introduction into tissue-culture cells is crucial.


Herpes Simplex Virus Type Long Terminal Repeat Thymidine Kinase Rous Sarcoma Virus Chloramphenicol Acetyltransferase 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornelia Gorman
    • 1
  • Laimomis Laimons
    • 2
  • Glenn T. Merlino
    • 1
  • Peter Gruss
    • 2
  • George Khoury
    • 2
  • Bruce Howard
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular BiologyNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Molecular VirologyNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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