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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2000 Nov 1;16(16):1695-700.

Gene expression array of HTLV type 1-infected T cells: Up-regulation of transcription factors and cell cycle genes.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey 07103, USA.


By utilizing a human cDNA expression array blot (588 genes), we have observed overexpression of various transcription factors, cell cycle regulated kinases, and DNA repair genes in HTLV-1-infected T cells. One of the genes of interest, and focus in this study, is the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, p21/waf1. The p21/waf1 transcription and protein is overexpressed in all HTLV-1-infected cell lines tested as well as ATL and HAM/TSP patient samples. While p21/waf1 has been shown to display a selectivity for G(1)/S cyclin/cdk complexes, we have observed p21/waf1 to be complexed with cyclin A/cdk2. Functionally, the association of p21/cyclin A/cdk2 decreased the histone H1 phosphorylation in vitro, as observed in immunoprecipitations followed by kinase assays, as well as affecting other substrates such as the C-terminus of Rb protein involved in c-Abl and HDAC1 regulation. Wild-type, but not a mutant form (M47) of Tax, was found to be able to transactivate the p21/waf1 promoter in a p53-independent manner. We found that the minimal p21/waf1 promoter (-49 to +49 sequence) was activated by Tax and the minimal promoter contained two E2A transcription factor binding sites located between the TATA box and the initiation site. E2A proteins, E12 and E47, as well as a related helix-loop-helix protein, HEB, are all up-regulated in HTLV-1-infected T cells. When using band shift analysis, we found that only the E1 site (overlapping the transcription start site) was a functional DNA binding site. By using a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay, we observed that histone H4, and not histone H3, was acetylated from the endogenous p21/waf1 promoter in vivo, implying that CBP/p300, and not the SAGA complex, was critical in complexing with E2A in up-regulation of p21/waf1 in HTLV-1-infected cells.

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