Previous studies have implied the existence of a trans-dominant intracellular repressor able to down-regulate the expression of the entire family of class I MHC genes in the genome of the K.562 erythroleukemia cell line. This study demonstrates, however, that the transfection of human or murine class I genes into K562 cells leads to the cell surface expression of the transfected MHC gene product in all situations, even when several kilobases of 5′ flanking sequence were included in the transfected genes. The endogenous cellular class I MHC genes remained repressed in the transfected cells. These finclings suggest that repression of class I MHC gene expression in K562 may not be mediated predominantly by a trans-dominant repressor of MHC gene expression; rather, other more complex regulatory influences might exist.
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- Molecular Biology