Identification of a novel sequence element in the common promoter region of human collagen type IV genes, involved in the regulation of divergent transcription.


The expression of the heterotrimeric collagen IV molecule alpha 1(IV)2 alpha 2(IV) is essential for the structural integrity and functional properties of all basement membranes. The two genes COL4A1 and COL4A2 that code for the subunits are found closely linked on chromosome 13 in a head-to-head arrangement and are transcribed in divergent directions. We… (More)