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Characterisation of CtBP : A Co-Repressor of Transcription that Interacts with the Adenovirus E1A Protein

by Sundqvist, Anders

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In this study, adenovirus E1A has been used to target and analyse the transcriptional function of the cellular C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP).Transcription is a complex biochemical process that represents a major regulatory step in gene expression. Formation of condensed chromatin by histone deacetylation and inhibition of efficient assembly of the transcription machinery are hallmarks of transcriptional repression. During a virus infection, an extensive modulation of the host cell gene expression in favour of viral gene expression can be observed. For example, the transcription regulatory E1A protein from adenovirus has been proven to be a valuable research-tool in characterising cellular proteins controlling eukaryotic gene expression.Expression of a CtBP-binding peptide, encoded by the second exon of E1A, de-repressed transcription from a broad range of promoters, suggesting that CtBP functioned as a repressor of transcription. Artificial promoter recruitment of CtBP, by using different Gal4-fusion proteins, confirmed that CtBP functioned as a repressor. Repression of transcription by Gal4E1A-recruited CtBP was efficiently prevented by a CtBP binding competent E1A peptide, indicating that E1A relieved CtBP mediated repression by displacing CtBP from the promoter. Furthermore, Gal4CtBP repressed both basal and activated transcription in a distance dependent manner, suggesting that CtBP might repress transcription by interfering with the assembly of the basal transcription machinery. Interestingly, CtBP was found to interact with histone deacetylase-1 (HDAC-1) both in vivo and in vitro and endogenous CtBP could also recruit histone deacetylase activity. This might indicate that histone deacetylation was involved in CtBP mediated repression. However, Gal4CtBP mediated repression was insensitive to inhibition of histone deacetylase activity, suggesting an alternative function of HDAC-binding in CtBP mediated repression.In conclusion, this work demonstrates that CtBP can act as a general repressor of activated and basal transcription. Furthermore, although CtBP was shown to recruit histone deacetylase activity the relevance of this binding remains unclear.
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School:Uppsala universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Chemistry; Biochemistry; Biochemistry; CtBP; HDAC; adenovirus; E1A; gene expression; repression; Biokemi; medicinsk virologi; Medical Virology

ISBN:91-554-5144-6

Date of Publication:01/01/2001

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