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Nature. 1993 Jun 24;363(6431):741-4.

Interaction between an acidic activator and transcription factor TFIIB is required for transcriptional activation.

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Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester 01605.

Abstract

How eukaryotic promoter-specific activator proteins (activators) stimulate transcription is a central question. We have previously shown that an acidic activator can directly interact with the general transcription factor TFIIB and increase its stable assembly into a preinitiation complex. We have proposed that this increase in TFIIB assembly is at least part of the mechanism by which an acidic activator functions. A prediction of this hypothesis is that a TFIIB mutant unable to interact with an acidic activator could not support activated transcription, and here we present experiments that verify this prediction. In conjunction with previous studies, our results argue that interaction between an acidic activator and TFIIB is necessary for transcriptional activation.

PMID:
8515819
DOI:
10.1038/363741a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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