Molecular characterization of celtix-1, a bromodomain protein interacting with the transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 2

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Cell Biology

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Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


Transcriptional control at the G1/S-phase transition of the cell cycle requires functional interactions of multimeric promoter regulatory complexes that contain DNA binding proteins, transcriptional cofactors, and/or chromatin modifying enzymes. Transcriptional regulation of the human histone H4/n gene (FO108) is mediated by Interferon Regulatory Factor-2 (IRF-2), as well as other histone gene promoter factors. To identify proteins that interact with cell-cycle regulatory factors, we performed yeast two-hybrid analysis with IRF-2 and identified a novel human protein termed Celtix-1 which binds to IRF-2. Celtix-1 contains several phylogenetically conserved domains, including a bromodomain, which is found in a number of transcriptional cofactors. Using a panel of IRF-2 deletion mutants in yeast two-hybrid assays, we established that Celtix-1 contacts the C-terminus of IRF-2. Celtix-1 directly interacts with IRF-2 based on binding studies with glutathione S-transferase (GST)/IRF-2 fusion proteins, and immunofluorescence studies suggest that Celtix-1 and IRF-2 associate in situ. Celtix-1 is distributed throughout the nucleus in a heterodisperse pattern. A subset of Celtix-1 colocalizes with the hyperacetylated forms of histones H3 and H4, as well as with the hyperphosphorylated, transcriptionally active form of RNA polymerase II. We conclude that the bromodomain protein Celtix-1 is a novel IRF-2 interacting protein that associates with transcriptionally active chromatin in situ.

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10.1002/1097-4652(200011)185:2 <269::AID-JCP12> 3.0.CO;2-L


J Cell Physiol. 2000 Nov;185(2):269-79. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of cellular physiology

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