Fusing the TATA box-binding protein (TBP) to other DNA-binding domains may provide a powerful way of targeting TBP to particular promoters. To explore this possibility, a structure-based design strategy was used to construct a fusion protein, TBP/ZF, in which the three zinc fingers of Zif268 were linked to the COOH terminus of yeast TBP. Gel shift experiments revealed that this fusion protein formed an extraordinarily stable complex when bound to the appropriate composite DNA site (half-life up to 630 h). In vitro transcription experiments and transient cotransfection assays revealed that TBP/ZF could act as a site-specific repressor. Because the DNA-binding specificities of zinc finger domains can be systematically altered by phage display, it may be possible to target such TBP/zinc finger fusions to desired promoters and thus specifically regulate expression of endogenous genes.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 15 Apr 1997|