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The multifunctional role of E1A in the transcriptional regulation of CREB/CBP-dependent target genes.

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Institute of Molecular Biology (Cancer Research), University of Essen Medical School, Hufelandstrasse 55, 45122 Essen, Germany.


Oncoproteins encoded by the early region 1A (E1A) of adenoviruses (Ads) have been shown to be powerful tools to study gene regulatory mechanisms. As E1A proteins lack a sequence-specific DNA-binding activity, they modulate viral and cellular gene expression by interacting directly with a diverse array of cellular factors, among them sequence-specific transcription factors, proteins of the general transcription machinery, co-activators and chromatin-modifying enzymes. By making use of these factors, E1A affects major cellular events such as cell cycle control, differentiation, apoptosis, and oncogenic transformation. In this review we will focus on the interaction of E1A with cellular components involved in the cAMP/PKA signal transduction pathway and we will discuss the consequences of these interactions in respect to the activation of CREB/CBP-dependent target genes.

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