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The zinc finger DNA-binding domain of K-RBP plays an important role in regulating Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus RTA-mediated gene expression
Virology Papers
  • Zhilong Yang, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Hui-Ju Wen, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Veenu Minhas, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Charles Wood, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
1-1-2009
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Published in Virology 391:2 (September 1, 2009), pp. 221-231; doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2009.06.014 Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.
Abstract
K-RBP is a KRAB-containing zinc finger protein with multiple zinc finger motifs and represses Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) transactivator RTA-mediated transactivation of several viral lytic gene promoters, including the ORF57 promoter. Whether K-RBP binds DNA through its zinc fingers and the role of zinc finger domain in repressing gene expression are unclear. Here we report that K-RBP binds DNA through its zinc finger domain and the target DNA sequences contain high GC content. Furthermore, K-RBP binds to KSHV ORF57 promoter, which contains a GC-rich motif. K-RBP suppresses the basal ORF57 promoter activity as well as RTA-mediated activation. The zinc finger domain of K-RBP is sufficient for the suppression of ORF57 promoter activation mediated by the viral transactivator RTA. Finally, we show that K-RBP inhibits RTA binding to ORF57 promoter. These findings suggest that the DNA-binding activity of K-RBP plays an important role in repressing viral promoter activity.
Citation Information
Zhilong Yang, Hui-Ju Wen, Veenu Minhas and Charles Wood. "The zinc finger DNA-binding domain of K-RBP plays an important role in regulating Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus RTA-mediated gene expression" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/veenu_minhas/4/