Transcription from a TATA-less promoter requires a multisubunit TFIID complex

B. F. Pugh, R. Tjian

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In eukaryotes, the TATA box-binding protein (TBP) is responsible for nucleating assembly of the transcription initiation machinery. Here, we report that a TFIID complex containing TBP is essential for transcription even at a promoter that lacks a TATA box. Immunopurification of TFIID reveals that the active species in reconstituting TATA-less transcription is a multisubunit complex consisting of TBP and many TBP-associated factors (TAFs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1935-1945
Number of pages11
JournalGenes and Development
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology


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