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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2001 Jun 1;284(1):26-32.

Binding of BAZF and Bc16 to STAT6-binding DNA sequences.

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Department of Developmental Genetics, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba, 260-8670, Japan.


BAZF, a family member of Bcl6, can function as a sequence-specific transcriptional repressor. We determined BAZF-binding DNA sequence. The consensus binding sequence (CBS) of BAZF is almost the same as those of Bcl6 previously described. Three nucleotides of T, G and A at position 6, 8, and 9 in the CBS (5'-ATTCCTAGAAAG-3') are important nucleotides for binding of both BAZF and Bcl6. Since a part (5'-TTC-CTA-GAA-3') of the CBS resembled the sequence motif (5'-TTC-(N3-4)-GAA-3') bound by STAT factors, BAZF and Bcl6 can bind to the CD23b-STAT6-binding sequence (5'-TTTC-TTA-GAAAT-3'), the immunoglobulin germline epsilon-STAT6-binding sequence (5'-CTTC-CCAA-GAAC-3'), and the IL4-STAT6-binding sequence (5'-TTTC-CCA-GAAAA-3') with weak affinity. However, a mutation of C nucleotide to T nucleotide in the IL4-STAT6-binding sequence (5'-TTTC-CTA-GAAAA-3') strongly increased the binding activity of BAZF and Bcl6. These results suggest that BAZF and Bcl6 can repress some of STAT-induced transcription by binding to DNA sequences recognized by STAT factors.

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