The coactivator CBP stimulates human T-cell lymphotrophic virus type I tax transactivation in vitro

Fatah Kashanchi, Janet F. Duvall, Roland P.S. Kwok, James R. Lundblad, Richard H. Goodman, John N. Brady

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Tax interacts with the cellular cyclic AMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB) and facilitates the binding of the coactivator CREB binding protein (CBP), forming a multimeric complex on the cyclic AMP-responsive element (CRE)-like sites in the human T-cell lymphotrophic virus type I (HTLV-I) promoter. The trimeric complex is believed to recruit additional regulatory proteins to the HTLV-I long terminal repeat, but there has been no direct evidence that CBP is required for Tax-mediated transactivation. We present evidence that Tax and CBP activate transcription from the HTLV-I 21 base pair repeats on naked DNA templates. Transcriptional activation of the HTLV-I sequences required both Tax and CBP and could be mediated by either the N-terminal activation domain of CBP or the full-length protein. Fluorescence polarization binding assays indicated that CBP does not markedly enhance the affinity of Tax for the trimeric complex. Transcription analyses suggest that CBP activates Tax-dependent transcription by promoting transcriptional initiation and reinitiation. The ability of CBP to activate the HTLV-I promoter does not involve the stabilization of Tax binding, but rather depends upon gene activation properties of the co-activator that function in the context of a naked DNA template.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34646-34652
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 18 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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