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Aliases TFE3, RCCP2, RCCX1, TFEA, bHLHe33, transcription factor binding to IGHM enhancer 3
External IDs MGI: 98511 HomoloGene: 4755 GeneCards: TFE3
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
RefSeq (mRNA)


RefSeq (protein)


Location (UCSC) Chr X: 49.03 – 49.04 Mb Chr X: 7.76 – 7.78 Mb
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Transcription factor E3 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TFE3 gene.[3][4][5]


TFE3, a member of the helix-loop-helix family of transcription factors, binds to the mu-E3 motif of the immunoglobulin heavy-chain enhancer and is expressed in many cell types (Henthorn et al., 1991).[supplied by OMIM][5]


TFE3 has been shown to interact with:


A proportion of renal carcinomas (RCC) that occur in young patients are associated with translocations involving the TFE3 gene at chromosome Xp11.2 PRCC


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  2. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Puck JM, Stewart CC, Henthorn PS (May 1991). "A high-frequency RFLP at the human TFE3 locus on the X chromosome". Nucleic Acids Res. 19 (3): 684. doi:10.1093/nar/19.3.684-a. PMC 333678Freely accessible. PMID 1672758. 
  4. ^ Henthorn PS, Stewart CC, Kadesch T, Puck JM (Feb 1992). "The gene encoding human TFE3, a transcription factor that binds the immunoglobulin heavy-chain enhancer, maps to Xp11.22". Genomics. 11 (2): 374–8. doi:10.1016/0888-7543(91)90145-5. PMID 1685140. 
  5. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: TFE3 transcription factor binding to IGHM enhancer 3". 
  6. ^ Giangrande PH, Hallstrom TC, Tunyaplin C, Calame K, Nevins JR (Jun 2003). "Identification of E-box factor TFE3 as a functional partner for the E2F3 transcription factor". Mol. Cell. Biol. 23 (11): 3707–20. doi:10.1128/mcb.23.11.3707-3720.2003. PMC 155231Freely accessible. PMID 12748276. 
  7. ^ Steingrimsson E, Tessarollo L, Pathak B, Hou L, Arnheiter H, Copeland NG, Jenkins NA (Apr 2002). "Mitf and Tfe3, two members of the Mitf-Tfe family of bHLH-Zip transcription factors, have important but functionally redundant roles in osteoclast development". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99 (7): 4477–82. doi:10.1073/pnas.072071099. PMC 123673Freely accessible. PMID 11930005. 
  8. ^ Mansky KC, Sulzbacher S, Purdom G, Nelsen L, Hume DA, Rehli M, Ostrowski MC (Feb 2002). "The microphthalmia transcription factor and the related helix-loop-helix zipper factors TFE-3 and TFE-C collaborate to activate the tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase promoter". J. Leukoc. Biol. 71 (2): 304–10. PMID 11818452. 
  9. ^ Grinberg AV, Kerppola T (Mar 2003). "Both Max and TFE3 cooperate with Smad proteins to bind the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 promoter, but they have opposite effects on transcriptional activity". J. Biol. Chem. 278 (13): 11227–36. doi:10.1074/jbc.M211734200. PMID 12551947. 
  10. ^ Hua X, Miller ZA, Wu G, Shi Y, Lodish HF (Nov 1999). "Specificity in transforming growth factor beta-induced transcription of the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 gene: interactions of promoter DNA, transcription factor muE3, and Smad proteins". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 96 (23): 13130–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.23.13130. PMC 23912Freely accessible. PMID 10557285. 

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