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Eukaryotic Transcription Factors - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780124371781, 9780080531267

Eukaryotic Transcription Factors

4th Edition

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Author: David Latchman
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124371781
eBook ISBN: 9780080531267
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st November 2003
Page Count: 384
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Now in two-colour throughout, the fourth edition of Eukaryotic Transcription Factors has been completely rewritten and restructured to take into account the tremendous advances in our understanding of transcription factors and the mechanisms by which they act. Considerable emphasis has been given to the interaction between transcription factors and chromatin structure. Also included is an entirely new section on the mediator complex and expansion of the space devoted to co-activators and co-repressors.

This book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the impact of molecular biology on medicine, whatever their speciality.

Key Features

  • Major families of eukaryotic transcription factors described
  • Mechanisms of gene activation and repression analysed
  • Structure-function relationships indicated
  • Interaction between transcription factors and chromatin structure described
  • Roles in inducible and cell type-specific gene expression
  • Roles in development, differentiation and human diseases including cancer
  • Methods of study in vitro and in vivo


Postgraduates and researchers, as well as advanced undergraduates, in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, developmental biology and endocrinology

Table of Contents

DNA sequences, transcription factors and chromatin structure
The importance of transcription
Chromatin structure and its remodelling
Chromatin structure and gene regulation
Chromatin remodelling factors
Histone acetylation
DNA sequence elements
The gene promoter
Sequences involved in the basic process of transcription
Sequences involved in regulated transcription
Sequences which act at a distance
Negatively acting DNA sequences
Interaction between factors bound at various sites
Methods for studying transcription factors
Methods for studying DNA-protein interactions
DNA mobility shift assay
DNaseI footprinting assay
Methylation interference assay
In vivo Footprinting assay
Methods for purifying and/or cloning transcription factors
Protein purification
Gene cloning
Use of cloned genes
Domain mapping of transcription factors
Determining the DNA binding specificity of an uncharacterised factor
Identification of target genes for transcription factors
Transcription factors and constitutive transcription
RNA polymerases
The stable transcriptional complex
RNA polymerase I
RNA polymerase III
RNA polymerase II
Stepwise assembly of the RNA polymerase II basal transcriptional
The RNA polymerase holoenzyme
TBP, The universal transcription factor?
Families of DNA binding transcription factors
The homeodomain
Transcription factors in Drosophila development
The homeobox
DNA binding by the helix-turn-helix motif in the homeobox
Regulation of DNA binding specificity by interaction between different
homeobox proteins
Homeodomain transcription factors in other organisms
POU proteins
Pax proteins
The two cysteine two histidine finger
Transcription factors with the two cysteine two histidine finger
DNA binding by the two cysteine two histidine finger
The multi-cysteine finger
Steroid receptors
DNA binding by the multi-cysteine zinc finger
The basic DNA binding domain
The leucine zipper and the basic DNA binding domain
The helix-loop-helix motif and the basic DNA binding domain
Dimerisation of basic DNA binding domain-containing factors
Other DNA-binding motifs
Activation of gene expression by transcription factors
Activation domains
Nature of activation domains
Acidic domains
Glutamine-rich domains
Proline-rich domains
Functional relationship of the different activation domains
Interaction of activation domains with the basal transcriptional complex
Activators and the basal transcriptional complex
Stimulation of factor binding
Stimulation of factor activity
Interaction of activation domains with other regulatory proteins
The mediator complex
CBP and other co-activators
A multitude of targets for transcriptional activators
Other targets for transcriptional activators
Modulation of chromatin structure
Stimulation of transcriptional elongation
Repression of gene expression by transcription factors
Repression of transcription
Indirect repression
Inhibition of activator binding by masking of its DNA binding site
Inhibition of activator binding by formation of a non-DNA binding
Quenching of an activator
Degradation of an activator
Direct repression
Mechanisms of transcriptional repression
Direct repression by DNA binding transcription factors
Direct repression by factors binding to the basal transcriptional complex
Other targets for transcriptional repressors
Modulation of chromatin structure
Inhibition of transcriptional elongation
Regulation of transcription factor synthesis
Transcription factor regulation
Regulated synthesis of transcription factors
The MyoD transcription factor
Homeobox transcription factors
Mechanisms regulating the synthesis of transcription factors
Regulation of transcription
Regulation of RNA splicing
Regulation of translation
Regulation of transcription factor
Evidence for the regulated activity of transcription factors
Regulation by protein-ligand binding
Examples of regulation by ligand binding
The nuclear receptors
Regulation by protein-protein interactions
Inhibition of transcription factor activity by protein-protein interaction
Activation of transcription factors by protein-protein interaction
Alteration of transcription factor function by protein-protein interaction
Regulation by protein modification
Transcription factor modification
Regulation by protein degradation and processing
Role of regulated activity
Transcription factors and human disease
Diseases caused by transcription factor mutations
Cellular oncogenes and cancer
Fos, Jun and AP1
v-erbA and the thyroid hormone receptor
The myc oncogene
Other oncogenic transcription factors
Anti-oncogenes and cancer
Nature of anti-oncogenes
The Retinoblastoma protein
Other anti-oncogenic transcription factors.
Conclusions and future prospects


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About the Author

David Latchman

Affiliations and Expertise

Master of Birkbeck, University of London, Professor of Genetics, Birkbeck and University College London, UK

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