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Conserved P-TEFb-interacting domain of BRD4 inhibits HIV transcription
- Bisgrove, Dwayne A., Mahmoudi, Tokameh, Henklein, Peter, Verdin, Eric
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2007 v.104 no.34 pp. 13690-13695
- Drosophila, Human immunodeficiency virus, artificial cells, mammals, synthetic peptides, transactivators, transcriptional activation
- We have identified a conserved region in the C-terminal domain of bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) that mediates its specific interaction with positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb). This domain is highly conserved in testis-specific bromodomain protein (BRDT) and Drosophila fs(1)h. Both BRDT and fs(1)h specifically interact with P-TEFb in mammalian cells, and this interaction depends on their C-terminal domains. Overexpression of the BRD4 P-TEFb-interacting domain disrupts the interaction between the HIV transactivator Tat and P-TEFb and suppresses the ability of Tat to transactivate the HIV promoter. Incubation of cells with a synthetic peptide containing the C-terminal domain of BRD4 interferes with transactivation of the HIV promoter by the Tat protein.