The transcriptional role of PML and the nuclear body

Nat Cell Biol. 2000 May;2(5):E85-90. doi: 10.1038/35010583.


The PML gene encodes a tumour suppressor protein associated with a distinct subnuclear domain, the nuclear body. Various functions have been attributed to the PML nuclear body, but its main biochemical role is still unclear. Recent findings indicate that PML is essential for the proper formation of the nuclear body and can act as a transcriptional co-factor. Here we summarize the current understanding of the biological functions of PML and the nuclear body, and discuss a role for these intra-nuclear structures in the regulation of transcription.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Nucleus / chemistry
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure*
  • Neoplasm Proteins / physiology*
  • Nuclear Proteins / physiology*
  • Transcription Factors / physiology*
  • Transcription, Genetic / physiology*
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins


  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins