Human uroplakin lb gene structure and promoter analysis

Jonathon Olsburgh, Robert Weeks, Peter Selby, Jennifer Southgate*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The uroplakin Ib (UPIb) gene is predominantly expressed in urothelium and is overexpressed in 50% of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Molecular cloning of the genomic 5′ region and comparison to a chromosome 3q genomic contig determined that the gene spans 31 kb and has eight exons including a noncoding exon 1. Multiple transcription start sites were identified in exon 1 by 5′RACE and ribonuclease protection assay (RPA). In vitro reporter gene analysis was performed with 2.3 kb of genomic DNA sequence flanking the 5′ end of UPIb. A 235-bp 5′ fragment that included UPIb exon 1 generated strong transcriptional activity in normal and malignant human urothelial cell lines. Established malignant cell lines had greater transcriptional activity from the UPIb promoter than normal human cells. The identification of a functional human UPIb gene promoter may find application in targeting gene therapy strategies for bladder cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et biophysica acta-Gene structure and expression
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2002


  • Genomic organization
  • Human
  • Luciferase assay
  • Promoter
  • Uroplakin
  • Urothelium

Cite this