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J Biol Chem. 2001 Apr 20;276(16):13395-401. Epub 2001 Jan 24.

Involvement of the pro-oncoprotein TLS (translocated in liposarcoma) in nuclear factor-kappa B p65-mediated transcription as a coactivator.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Genetics and First Department of Internal Medicine, Nagoya City University Medical School, 1 Kawasumi, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 467-8601, Japan.


In this study, we have demonstrated that translocated in liposarcoma (TLS), also termed FUS, is an interacting molecule of the p65 (RelA) subunit of the transcription factor nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) using a yeast two-hybrid screen. We confirmed the interaction between TLS and p65 by the pull-down assay in vitro and by a coimmunoprecipitation experiment followed by Western blot of the cultured cell in vivo. TLS was originally identified as part of a fusion protein with CHOP arising from chromosomal translocation in human myxoid liposarcomas. TLS has been shown to be involved in TFIID complex formation and associated with RNA polymerase II. However, the role of TLS in transcriptional regulation has not yet been clearly elucidated. We found that TLS enhanced the NF-kappaB-mediated transactivation induced by physiological stimuli such as tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-1beta, and overexpression of NF-kappaB-inducing kinase. TLS augmented NF-kappaB-dependent promoter activity of the intercellular adhesion molecule-1 gene and interferon-beta gene. These results suggest that TLS acts as a coactivator of NF-kappaB and plays a pivotal role in the NF-kappaB-mediated transactivation.

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