Foamy virus (FV) Bel1/Tas transactivators act as key regulators of gene expression and directly bind DNA Bel1 response elements (BREs) in both the internal (IP) and 5′LTR promoters. Here, we report the mapping and the virus species specificity of the nonhomologous feline foamy virus (FFV) BREs in both promoters. The data indicate that FFV Bel1 did not bind the primate FV IP.BRE and that primate FV Bel1 was not capable of binding the FFV IP.BRE. In addition, we show that the C-terminal activation domain of FFV Bel1 does not contribute to DNA binding because a C-terminal trans-dominant negative FFV Bel1 mutant was still able to bind to both promoters.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Bel1 transactivator
- Cat foamy virus