Transcriptional Regulation

  • Kathleen W. Scotto
  • Tan A. Ince


The eukaryotic cell is remarkably versatile. Whether it is destined to spend its existence producing antibodies for immune response or moving mucus over the epithelial sheets of the colon is determined by the myriad of proteins that it manufactures. Some processes are shared by all cells. Therefore, most cells contain a subset of common proteins, including proteins involved in forming the cytoskeleton, proteins intrinsic to the membranes of the golgi and endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomal proteins, and other “housekeeping proteins.” In contrast, subsets of proteins are expressed only in specialized cells, where they serve specific and often unique functions. Cellular specialization is controlled by gene expression, in which groups of genes are activated or repressed in response to internal and external stimuli. Moreover, the integrity with which gene expression is controlled can determine whether a cell performs its function in harmony and collaboration with its surroundings or defies the controls of growth and proliferation and invades territories normally reserved for other cells, resulting in malignancy.


Acute Myeloid Leukemia Glucocorticoid Receptor Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Scription Factor TATA Motif 
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  • Tan A. Ince

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