In hind limb muscles, the aldolase A muscle-specific promoter is specifically expressed in glycolytic fast-twitch fibers. Here, we show that in addition, it is expressed at higher levels in trunk and limb muscles than in neck and head muscles independent of their fiber-type content. We have identified by analysis of transgenic mice a DNA element that is required for this differential expression and, to a lesser extent, for fiber-type specificity. We show that members of the nuclear receptor superfamily bind this element in skeletal muscle nuclear extracts. Interestingly, in gel mobility shift assays, different complexes were formed with this sequence in tongue nuclear extracts compared with limb or trunk muscle nuclear extracts. Therefore, binding of distinct nuclear receptors to a single regulatory sequence appears to be associated with the location-dependent expression of the aldolase A muscle-specific promoter.