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Keywords:

  • Bombyx mori;
  • chorion genes;
  • promoter architecture;
  • transcription factors

Abstract

Regulation of silkmoth chorion genes has long been used as a model system for studying differential gene expression. The large numbers of genes, their overlapping expression patterns and the overall complexity of the system hinted towards an elaborate mechanism for transcriptional control. Recent studies, however, offer evidence of a molecular pathway governed by the interplay between two general transcription factors, CCAAT enhancer binding proteins (C/EBP) and GATA, an architectural protein, high mobility group A and a chromatin remodeller, chromo-helicase/ATPase-DNA binding protein 1. In this review we present a parsimonious model that adequately describes regulation of transcription across all temporally regulated chorion genes, and propose a role for promoter architecture.