Identification of a binding protein to the X gene promoter region of hepatitis B virus

Nakamura, I.; Koike, K.

Virology 191(2): 533-540


ISSN/ISBN: 0042-6822
PMID: 1448911
DOI: 10.1016/0042-6822(92)90228-h
Accession: 008804483

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The X protein of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a transactivator to homologous and heterologous viral and cellular transcriptional regulatory elements. One sequence-specific binding protein, whose binding site located from nt 1102 to nt 1117 of HBV DNA, was identified by mobility shift assay and DNase I foot-printing analysis. A CAT assay experiment demonstrated this 16-bp binding site to have a promoter activity in the X gene transcription. The 58-bp DNA fragment (nt 1085 to nt 1142), which contains the above binding site, could be enhanced by the HBV enhancer. Mobility shift assay using the mutated 58-bp DNA fragments as probes, showed that the mutation, which damaged the palindrome structure between nt 1105 and nt 1112, resulted in loss of the binding activity. This mutation also remarkably reduced the promoter activity. The binding site differed from the target sequences of known transcriptional factors. This factor was thus concluded to be a binding protein to the X gene promoter (X-PBP) of HBV. A homology search demonstrated the binding site to be highly homologous to the promoter elements of human laminin receptor (2H5epitope) and lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP) genes.