A stimulus-specific role for CREB-binding protein (CBP) in T cell receptor-activated tumor necrosis factor alpha gene expression.
The cAMP response element binding protein (CREB)-binding protein (CBP)/p300 family of coactivator proteins regulates gene transcription through the integration of multiple signal transduction pathways. Here, we show that induction of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) gene expression in T cells stimulated by engagement of the T cell receptor (TCR) or by virus infection requires CBP/p300. Strikingly, in mice lacking one copy of the CBP gene, TNF-alpha gene induction by TCR activation is inhibited, whereas virus induction of the TNF-alpha gene is not affected. Consistent with these findings, the transcriptional activity of CBP is strongly potentiated by TCR activation but not by virus infection of T cells. Thus, CBP gene dosage and transcriptional activity are critical in TCR-dependent TNF-alpha gene expression, demonstrating a stimulus-specific requirement for CBP in the regulation of a specific gene.
Falvo, JV; Brinkman, BM; Tsytsykova, AV; Tsai, EY; Yao, TP; Kung, AL; Goldfeld, AE
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