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MCEF, the newest member of the AF4 family of transcription factors involved in leukemia, is a positive transcription elongation factor-b-associated protein.

Estable M.C., Naghavi M.H., Kato H., Xiao H., Qin J., Vahlne A., Roeder R.G.

Positive transcription elongation factor-b (P-TEFb) contains CDK9 and cyclin T(1). P-TEFb was affinity purified from a stably transfected cell line that expresses epitope-tagged CDK9, and proteins that appeared to be specifically bound were sequenced. In addition to CDK9, previously identified isoforms of cyclin T (including T(1), T(2A) and T(2B)), HSP90 and CDC37, this analysis identified a novel protein named MCEF. Cloning of its cognate cDNA revealed that MCEF is the newest member of the AF4 family of transcription factors involved in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. MCEF RNA was expressed in all human tissues examined, and antisera directed against recombinant MCEF specifically immunoprecipitated P-TEFb. Ectopic expression of MCEF did not activate HIV-1 replication, and tethering of MCEF to a promoter did not activate transcription.

J. Biomed. Sci. 9:234-245(2002) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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