Abstract:The double-stranded (ds) RNA-binding protein RAX was discovered as a stress-induced cellular activator of the dsRNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR), a key regulator of protein synthesis in response to viral infection and cellular stress. We now report a novel function of RAX, independent of PKR, to enhance SV40 promoter (origin)/enhancer-dependent gene expression. Several mammalian cell lines including COS-7, CV-1, and HeLa cells were tested. Results reveal that the SV40 large T antigen is required for RAX-medi… Show more
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