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RNA polymerase III transcription factor IIIB is a target for repression by pocket proteins p107 and p130.

RNA polymerase III (Pol III) transcription is subject to repression by the retinoblastoma protein RB, both in vitro and in vivo (R. J. White, D. Trouche, K. Martin, S. P. Jackson, and T. Kouzarides, Nature 382:88-90, 1996). This is achieved through a direct interaction between RB and TFIIIB, a multisubunit factor that is required for the expression of all Pol III templates (C. G. C. Larminie, C. A. Cairns, R. Mital, K. Martin, T. Kouzarides, S. P. Jackson, and R. J. White, EMBO J. 16:2061-2071, 1997; W.-M. Chu, Z. Wang, R. G. Roeder, and C. W. Schmid, J. Biol. Chem. 272:14755-14761, 1997). p107 and p130 are two closely related proteins that display 30 to 35% identity with the RB polypeptide and share some of its functions. We show that p107 and p130 can both repress Pol III transcription in transient transfection assays or when added to cell extracts. Pull-down assays and immunoprecipitations using recombinant components demonstrate that a subunit of TFIIIB interacts physically with p107 and p130. In addition, endogenous TFIIIB is shown by cofractionation and coimmunoprecipitation to associate stably with both p107 and p130. Disruption of this interaction in vivo by using the E7 oncoprotein of human papillomavirus results in a marked increase in Pol III transcription. Pol III activity is also deregulated in fibroblasts derived from p107 p130 double knockout mice. We conclude that TFIIIB is targeted for repression not only by RB but also by its relatives p107 and p130.

Pubmed ID: 10330166


  • Sutcliffe JE
  • Cairns CA
  • McLees A
  • Allison SJ
  • Tosh K
  • White RJ


Molecular and cellular biology

Publication Data

June 17, 1999

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • 3T3 Cells
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Blotting, Western
  • Chloramphenicol O-Acetyltransferase
  • Fibroblasts
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Papillomaviridae
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Plasmids
  • Precipitin Tests
  • Proteins
  • RNA Polymerase III
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Retinoblastoma-Like Protein p107
  • Retinoblastoma-Like Protein p130
  • Transcription Factor TFIIIB
  • Transcription Factors
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured