Role of multiprotein bridging factor 1 in archaea: bridging the domains?

B. de Koning, F. Blombach, Wu Hao, S.J.J. Brouns, J. van der Oost

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MBF1 (multiprotein bridging factor 1) is a highly conserved protein in archaea and eukaryotes. It was originally identified as a mediator of the eukaryotic transcription regulator BmFTZ-F1 (Bombyx mori regulator of fushi tarazu). MBF1 was demonstrated to enhance transcription by forming a bridge between distinct regulatory DNA-binding proteins and the TATA-box-binding protein. MBF1 consists of two parts: a C-terminal part that contains a highly conserved helix-turn-helix, and an N-terminal part that shows a clear divergence: in eukaryotes, it is a weakly conserved flexible domain, whereas, in archaea, it is a conserved zinc-ribbon domain. Although its function in archaea remains elusive, its function as a transcriptional co-activator has been deduced from thorough studies of several eukaryotic proteins, often indicating a role in stress response. In addition, MBF1 was found to influence translation fidelity in yeast. Genome context analysis of mbf1 in archaea revealed conserved clustering in the crenarchaeal branch together with genes generally involved in gene expression. It points to a role of MBF1 in transcription and/or translation. Experimental data are required to allow comparison of the archaeal MBF1 with its eukaryotic counterpart
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • transcriptional coactivator mbf1
  • box-binding-protein
  • p-loop gtpases
  • factor-i
  • saccharomyces-cerevisiae
  • secondary structure
  • oxidative stress
  • gene-expression
  • bombyx-mori
  • arabidopsis

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