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A novel zinc-finger protein ZNF436 suppresses transcriptional activities of AP-1 and SRE

Li, Yongqing, Du, Xiaoyan, Li, Fang, Deng, Yun, Yang, Zhiyuan, Wang, Yuequn, Pen, Zhonglu, Wang, Zequn, Yuan, Wuzhou, Zhu, Chuanbing, Wu, Xiushan
Molecular biology reports 2006 v.33 no.4 pp. 287-294
amino acids, brain, cell viability, complementary DNA, evolution, heart, mitogen-activated protein kinase, proteins, rats, receptors, regulator genes, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, signal transduction, transcription (genetics), transcription factors, zinc finger motif
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are evolutionary conserved enzymes in cell signal transduction connecting cell-surface receptors to critical regulatory targets within cells and control cell survival, adaptation, and proliferation. Previous studies revealed that zinc finger proteins are involved in the regulation of the MAPK signaling pathways. Here we report the identification and characterization of a novel human zinc finger protein, ZNF436. The cDNA of ZNF436 is 3.8 kb, encoding 470 amino acids in the nucleus. The protein is highly conserved in evolution across different vertebrate species from rat to human. RT-PCR indicates that ZNF436 is expressed in all the human fetal tissues examined, with a high level in brain and heart. Overexpression of pCMV-tag2A-ZNF436 in the COS-7 cells represses the transcriptional activities of SRE and AP-1. These results suggest that ZNF436 is a member of the zinc finger transcription factor family and may act as a negative regulator in gene transcription mediated by the MAPK signaling pathways.