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Immunity. 1996 Oct;5(4):365-76.

Regulation of LMP2 and TAP1 genes by IRF-1 explains the paucity of CD8+ T cells in IRF-1-/- mice.

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University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599, USA.


The TAP1 and LMP2 genes are central for class I MHC function and share a common promoter. Here, we analyze the molecular mechanism of IFN gamma up-regulation of TAP1 and LMP2. In vivo footprinting indicates IFN gamma up-regulates protein-DNA contacts at an IRF-E that is essential for the up-regulation of TAP1 and LMP2 by IFN gamma. Gel shift analysis indicates that this site binds IRF-1. The expression of TAP1 and LMP2 are both greatly reduced in IRF-1-deficient mice. Surface class I MHC as well as CD8+ T cells are reduced in IRF-1-/- mice. The role of IRF-1 in the regulation of TAP1 and LMP2 suggests a mechanism for the antiviral properties of IRF-1 and the unexpected deficiency of CD8+ T cells observed in IRF-1-/- mice.

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