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Early growth response 1
Zinc finger DNA complex.png
Cartoon representation of Zif268 (blue) containing three zinc fingers in complex with DNA (orange). The coordinating amino acid residues of the middle zinc ion (green) are highlighted.
Available structures
PDB Ortholog search: PDBe, RCSB
Symbols EGR1 ; AT225; G0S30; KROX-24; NGFI-A; TIS8; ZIF-268; ZNF225
External IDs OMIM128990 MGI95295 HomoloGene56394 GeneCards: EGR1 Gene
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 1958 13653
Ensembl ENSG00000120738 ENSMUSG00000038418
UniProt P18146 P08046
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_001964 NM_007913
RefSeq (protein) NP_001955 NP_031939
Location (UCSC) Chr 5:
138.47 – 138.47 Mb
Chr 18:
34.86 – 34.86 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

EGR-1 (Early growth response protein 1) also known as Zif268 (zinc finger protein 225) or NGFI-A (nerve growth factor-induced protein A) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the EGR1 gene.

EGR-1 is a mammalian transcription factor. It was also named Krox-24, TIS8, and ZENK. It was originally discovered in mice.


The protein encoded by this gene belongs to the EGR family of Cys2His2-type zinc finger proteins. It is a nuclear protein and functions as a transcriptional regulator. The products of target genes it activates are required for differentiation and mitogenesis. Studies suggest this is a tumor suppressor gene.[1]

It has a distinct pattern of expression in the brain, and its induction has been shown to be associated with neuronal activity. Several studies suggest it has a role in neuronal plasticity.[2]

EGR-1 has also been found to regulate the expression of VAMP2 (a protein important for synaptic exocytosis).[3]


The DNA-binding domain of EGR-1 consists of three zinc finger domains of the Cys2His2 type. The amino acid structure of the EGR-1 zinc finger domain is given in this table, using the single letter amino acid code. The fingers 1 to 3 are indicated by f1 - f3. The numbers are in reference to the residues (amino acids) of alpha helix (there is no zero). The residues marked 'x' are not part of the zinc fingers, but rather serve to connect them all together.

-1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 x x x x x
f1 M A E E R P Y A C P V E S C D R R F S R S D E L T R H I R I H T G Q K P
f2 F Q C A I - - C M R N F S R S D H L T T H I A T H T G E K P
f3 F A C D I - - C G R K F A R S D E R K R H T K I H L R Q K D

The crystal structure of DNA bound by the zinc finger domain of EGR-1 was solved in 1991, which greatly aided early research in zinc finger DNA-binding domains.[4]

The human EGR-1 protein contains (in its unprocessed form) 543 amino acids with a molecular weight of 57.5 kDa, and the gene is located on the chromosome 5.

DNA binding specificity[edit]

EGR-1 binds the DNA sequence 5'-GCG TGG GCG-3' (and similar ones like 5'-GCG GGG GCG-3').[5][6] The f1 position 6 binds the 5' G (the first base count from the left); the f1 position 3 to the second base (C); f1 position -1 binds to the third position (G); f2 position 6 to the fourth base (T); and so on.


EGR-1 has been shown to interact with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Entrez Gene: EGR1 early growth response 1". 
  2. ^ Knapska E, Kaczmarek L (2004). "A gene for Neuronal Plasticity in the Mammalian Brain: Zif286/Egr1/NGFI-A/Krox-24/TIS-8/ZENK?". Progress in Neurobiology 74: 2004. 
  3. ^ Petersohn,D and Thiel. G (1996)"Role of zinc-finger proteins Sp1 and zif268/egr-1 in transcriptional regulation of the human synaptobrevin II gene" European Journal of Biochemistry, 239, 1996
  4. ^ Pavletich NP, Pabo CO (May 1991). "Zinc finger-DNA recognition: crystal structure of a Zif268-DNA complex at 2.1 A". Science 252 (5007): 809–17. doi:10.1126/science.2028256. PMID 2028256. 
  5. ^ Christy B, Nathans D (Nov 1989). "DNA binding site of the growth factor-inducible protein Zif268". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 86 (22): 8737–41. doi:10.1073/pnas.86.22.8737. PMC 298363. PMID 2510170. 
  6. ^ Swirnoff AH, Milbrandt J (Apr 1995). "DNA-binding specificity of NGFI-A and related zinc finger transcription factors". Molecular and Cellular Biology 15 (4): 2275–87. doi:10.1128/mcb.15.4.2275. PMC 230455. PMID 7891721. 
  7. ^ Zhang F, Lin M, Abidi P, Thiel G, Liu J (Nov 2003). "Specific interaction of Egr1 and c/EBPbeta leads to the transcriptional activation of the human low density lipoprotein receptor gene". The Journal of Biological Chemistry 278 (45): 44246–54. doi:10.1074/jbc.M305564200. PMID 12947119. 
  8. ^ a b Silverman ES, Du J, Williams AJ, Wadgaonkar R, Drazen JM, Collins T (Nov 1998). "cAMP-response-element-binding-protein-binding protein (CBP) and p300 are transcriptional co-activators of early growth response factor-1 (Egr-1)". The Biochemical Journal 336 (1): 183–9. doi:10.1042/bj3360183. PMC 1219856. PMID 9806899. 
  9. ^ Russo MW, Sevetson BR, Milbrandt J (Jul 1995). "Identification of NAB1, a repressor of NGFI-A- and Krox20-mediated transcription". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 92 (15): 6873–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.92.15.6873. PMC 41432. PMID 7624335. 
  10. ^ Liu J, Grogan L, Nau MM, Allegra CJ, Chu E, Wright JJ (Apr 2001). "Physical interaction between p53 and primary response gene Egr-1". International Journal of Oncology 18 (4): 863–70. PMID 11251186. 
  11. ^ Bae MH, Jeong CH, Kim SH, Bae MK, Jeong JW, Ahn MY, Bae SK, Kim ND, Kim CW, Kim KR, Kim KW (Oct 2002). "Regulation of Egr-1 by association with the proteasome component C8". Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta 1592 (2): 163–7. doi:10.1016/s0167-4889(02)00310-5. PMID 12379479. 

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