Long-distance transcriptional enhancement by the histone acetyltransferase PCAF

Anton Krumm, Linda Madisen, Xiang Jiao Yang, Richard Goodman, Yoshihiro Nakatani, Mark Groudine

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Enhancers are defined by their ability to stimulate gene activity from remote sites and their requirement for promoter-proximal upstream activators to activate transcription. Here we demonstrate that recruitment of the p300/CBP-associated factor PCAF to a reporter gene is sufficient to stimulate promoter activity. The PCAF-mediated stimulation of transcription from either a distant or promoter-proximal position depends on the presence of an upstream activator (Sp1). These data suggest that acetyltransferase activity may be a primary component of enhancer function, and that recruitment of polymerase and enhancement of transcription are separable. Transcriptional activation by PCAF requires both its acetyltransferase activity and an additional activity within its N terminus. We also show that the simian virus 40 enhancer and PCAF itself are sufficient to counteract Mad-mediated repression. These results are compatible with recent models in which gene activity is regulated by the competition between deacetylase-mediated repression and enhancer-mediated recruitment of acetyltransferases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13501-13506
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 10 1998

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