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The p68 and p72 DEAD box RNA helicases interact with HDAC1 and repress transcription in a promoter-specific manner.

BACKGROUND: p68 (Ddx5) and p72 (Ddx17) are highly related members of the DEAD box family and are established RNA helicases. They have been implicated in growth regulation and have been shown to be involved in both pre-mRNA and pre-rRNA processing. More recently, however, these proteins have been reported to act as transcriptional co-activators for estrogen-receptor alpha (ER alpha). Furthermore these proteins were shown to interact with co-activators p300/CBP and the RNA polymerase II holoenzyme. Taken together these reports suggest a role for p68 and p72 in transcriptional activation. RESULTS: In this report we show that p68 and p72 can, in some contexts, act as transcriptional repressors. Targeting of p68 or p72 to constitutive promoters leads to repression of transcription; this repression is promoter-specific. Moreover both p68 and p72 associate with histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1), a well-established transcriptional repression protein. CONCLUSIONS: It is therefore clear that p68 and p72 are important transcriptional regulators, functioning as co-activators and/or co-repressors depending on the context of the promoter and the transcriptional complex in which they exist.

Pubmed ID: 15298701


  • Wilson BJ
  • Bates GJ
  • Nicol SM
  • Gregory DJ
  • Perkins ND
  • Fuller-Pace FV


BMC molecular biology

Publication Data

August 6, 2004

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • Adenoviridae
  • Bone Neoplasms
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • DEAD-box RNA Helicases
  • Enhancer Elements, Genetic
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Histone Deacetylase 1
  • Histone Deacetylases
  • Humans
  • Kidney
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Protein Interaction Mapping
  • Protein Kinases
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA Helicases
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Simian virus 40
  • Thymidine Kinase
  • Trans-Activators
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Transfection