Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Genes Dev. 2000 May 1;14(9):1156-66.

CIITA is a transcriptional coactivator that is recruited to MHC class II promoters by multiple synergistic interactions with an enhanceosome complex.

Author information

  • 1Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Geneva Medical School, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland.


By virtue of its control over major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II) gene expression, CIITA represents a key molecule in the regulation of adaptive immune responses. It was first identified as a factor that is defective in MHC-II deficiency, a hereditary disease characterized by the absence of MHC-II expression. CIITA is a highly regulated transactivator that governs all spatial, temporal, and quantitative aspects of MHC-II expression. It has been proposed to act as a non-DNA-binding transcriptional coactivator, but evidence that it actually functions at the level of MHC-II promoters was lacking. By means of chromatin immunoprecipitation assays, we show here for the first time that CIITA is physically associated with MHC-II, as well as HLA-DM, Ii, MHC-I, and beta(2)m promoters in vivo. To dissect the mechanism by which CIITA is recruited to the promoter, we have developed a DNA-dependent coimmunoprecipitation assay and a pull-down assay using immobilized promoter templates. We demonstrate that CIITA recruitment depends on multiple, synergistic protein-protein interactions with DNA-bound factors constituting the MHC-II enhanceosome. CIITA therefore represents a paradigm for a novel type of regulatory and gene-specific transcriptional cofactor.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk