Transcriptional trans activation by human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Tat requires specific coactivators that are not basal factors.

Journal Article

Expression of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) genes is regulated by the trans activator Tat. Tat exerts its effects by increasing the rate of transcription, but the mechanism by which it does so is still unknown. To study the cellular factors required for Tat trans activation, we have expressed functional Gst-Tat fusion protein and used it to construct affinity columns. Our findings are as follows. (i) A Gst-Tat affinity matrix depleted HeLa nuclear extracts of a factor(s) required for Tat function. A Tat mutant bearing the missense mutation lysine to alanine at position 41 was incapable of this depletion. (ii) Tat trans activation was recovered by addition of unfractionated nuclear extract, the 0.5 M KCl elution fraction from the Tat affinity column, or sedimentation gradient fractions of HeLa extracts. The activity from the gradients sedimented with an apparent molecular mass of 200 kDa. (iii) Tat trans activation could not be recovered by use of recombinant human TATA-binding protein or partially purified TFIID. (iv) trans activation by Tat was blocked by heating of the nuclear extract under conditions in which basal transcription was not decreased. Our data demonstrate for the first time the existence of unique Tat coactivators distinct from factors required for general basal transcription.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Suñé, C; García-Blanco, MA

Published Date

  • May 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 3098 - 3107

PubMed ID

  • 7707538

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-538X

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States