Cloning of RκB, a novel DNA-binding protein that recognizes the interleukin-2 receptor α chain κB site

B. S. Adams, K. Leung, E. W. Hanley, G. J. Nabel

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Abstract

Transcriptional activation of the interleukin-2 receptor α (IL-2Rα) gene in T cells is dependent on a regulatory element that can bind NF-κB but differs in sequence and function from the κB site of the immunoglobulin (Ig) enhancer. To define the molecular basis of gene-specific regulation by this variant κB site, we have used electrophoretic mobility shift assays to characterize a novel gene product, designated RκB, that binds preferentially to the related κB site in IL-2Rα. A cDNA encoding this 107-kD protein has been isolated from a λgt11 expression library by screening with a probe containing the IL-2Rα κB site. RκB is a tissue-specific transcription factor that contains an amino acid sequence similar to a discrete region of the myogenic regulatory protein myoD, but is unrelated to other DNA-binding proteins, including those belonging to the rel/dorsal gene family. This novel κB binding protein may therefore contribute to the regulation of distinct cellular and viral genes with variant κB sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1073
Number of pages11
JournalNew Biologist
Volume3
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Adams, B. S., Leung, K., Hanley, E. W., & Nabel, G. J. (1991). Cloning of RκB, a novel DNA-binding protein that recognizes the interleukin-2 receptor α chain κB site. New Biologist, 3(11), 1063-1073.