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Cooperative Interaction of Zhangfei and ATF4 in Transactivation of the Cyclic AMP Response Element

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Cooperative Interaction of Zhangfei and ATF4 in Transactivation of the Cyclic AMP Response Element

Melissa R Hogan et al. FEBS Lett.

Abstract

Zhangfei (ZF) is a basic region-leucine zipper protein that has been implicated in herpesvirus infection cycle and related cellular processes. Here we show both in vivo and in vitro data demonstrating that ZF is a novel cellular binding partner of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) (or CREB2). We found that ZF competed with ATF4 to form ATF4-ZF heterodimeric complexes through the bZIP regions. ZF enhanced ATF4 binding to the cAMP response element (CRE), and augmented activation of a CRE reporter by ATF4, in response to MEK1 activation. These results suggest an important role of ZF in the MEK1-ATF4 signaling pathway.

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