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Arch Biochem Biophys. 1999 Nov 15;371(2):290-300.

Human cut-like repressor protein binds TGFbeta type II receptor gene promoter.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Internal Medicine, Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.


Resistance to the growth inhibitory effects of transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) has been associated with decreased levels of the TGFbeta type II receptor (TbetaR-II) and has been correlated with tumorigenicity. Previously, we reported an A --> G mutation at position -364 in the TbetaR-II promoter in A431 tumor cells which results in reduced TbetaR-II promoter activity. In this study, we show that the CDP/Cut (CCAAT displacement protein) transcription factor, a transcriptional repressor, binds both the wild type and the mutant TbetaR-II promoter. We also demonstrate that the A --> G mutation increases CDP/Cut binding affinity, and that overexpression of CDP/Cut reduces transcription from TbetaR-II promoter reporter constructs. Increased binding of the CDP/Cut repressor protein, as a result of a mutation at position -364, represents a novel mechanism of regulation in a neoplastic cell of the promoter of a tumor suppressor gene, TbetaR-II.

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