Journal article

A B-CELL COACTIVATOR OF OCTAMER-BINDING TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS

M GSTAIGER, L KNOEPFEL, O GEORGIEV, W SCHAFFNER, CM HOVENS

NATURE | MACMILLAN MAGAZINES LTD | Published : 1995

Abstract

The octamer motif (ATGCAAAT) paradoxically plays a central role in mediating the activity of both B-cell specific and ubiquitous promoters. It has been widely assumed that the predominantly lymphoid-restricted octamer-binding factor Oct-2 mediates tissue-specific promoter activity, whereas the ubiquitously expressed Oct-1 mediates general promoter activity, but this view has been challenged. Here we use a modified yeast one-hybrid assay to isolate a B-cell factor, Bob1, which associates with either Oct-2 or Oct-1. In transfection experiments, this factor boosts Oct-1-mediated promoter activity and to a lesser extent, that of Oct-2. This coactivation is strictly dependent on the specific inte..

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