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Immunity. 2000 Feb;12(2):129-40.

Posttranslational regulation of IRF-4 activity by the immunophilin FKBP52.

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Terry Fox Molecular Oncology Group, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and Department of Microbiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Interferon regulatory factor-4 (IRF-4) plays an important role in immunoregulatory gene expression in B and T lymphocytes and is also highly expressed in human T cell leukemia virus type 1 infected cells. In this study, we characterize a novel interaction between IRF-4 and the FK506-binding protein 52 (FKBP52), a 59 kDa member of the immunophilin family with peptidyl-prolyl isomerase activity (PPIase). IRF-4-FKBP52 association inhibited IRF4-PU.1 binding to the immunoglobulin light chain enhancer E(lambda2-4) as well as IRF-4-PU.1 transactivation, effects that were dependent on functional PPIase activity. FKBP52 association also resulted in a structural modification of IRF-4, detectable by immunoblot analysis and by IRF-4 partial proteolysis. These results demonstrate a novel posttranslational mechanism of transcriptional control, mediated through the interaction of an immunophilin with a transcriptional regulator.

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