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a sequence of nucleotides found in a conserved region of DNA located "upstream" (5' direction) of the start points of eukaryotic transcription units; specific transcription factors appear to associate with it; found in many promoters at -75 bp with the consensus sequence GG(T/C)CAATCT. It is believed to determine the efficiency of transcription.
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CAAT boxA semi-conserved “box” of DNA with the “consensus” sequence GGCCAATCT, located 75–80 nucleotides upstream—i.e., in the 5’ direction from the start site for transcription of alpha and beta globin genes—forming part of the promoter site for RNA polymerase II.
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