Novel isoforms of the TFIID subunit TAF4 modulate nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activity.

Biochemical and biophysical research communications

PubMedID: 15530431

Brunkhorst A, Neuman T, Hall A, Arenas E, Bartfai T, Hermanson O, Metsis M. Novel isoforms of the TFIID subunit TAF4 modulate nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activity. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004;325(2):574-9.
The transcription factor TFIID consists of TATA-binding protein (TBP) and TBP-associated factors (TAFs). TAFs are essential for modulation of transcriptional activity but the regulation of TAFs is complex and many important aspects remain unclear. In this study, we have identified and characterized five novel truncated forms of the TFIID subunit TAF4 (TAF(II)135). Analysis of the mouse gene structure revealed that all truncations were the results of alternative splicing and resulted in the loss of domains or parts of domains implicated in TAF4 functional interactions. Results from transcriptional assays showed that several of the TAF4 isoforms exerted dominant negative effects on TAF4 activity in nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activation. In addition, alternative TAF4 isoforms could be detected in specific cell types. Our results indicate an additional level of complexity in TAF4-mediated regulation of transcription and suggest context-specific roles for these new TAF4 isoforms in transcriptional regulation in vivo.