Interaction between P-TEFb and the C-Terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II Activates Transcriptional Elongation from Sites Upstream or Downstream of Target Genes Academic Article uri icon


  • Transcriptional elongation by RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) is regulated by the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb). P-TEFb is composed of Cdk9 and C-type cyclin T1 (CycT1), CycT2a, CycT2b, or CycK. The role of the C-terminal region of CycT1 and CycT2 remains unknown. In this report, we demonstrate that these sequences are essential for the activation of transcription by P-TEFb via DNA, i.e., when CycT1 is tethered upstream or downstream of promoters and coding sequences. A histidine-rich stretch, which is conserved between CycT1 and CycT2 in this region, bound the C-terminal domain of RNAPII. This binding was required for the subsequent expression of full-length transcripts from target genes. Thus, P-TEFb could mediate effects of enhancers on the elongation of transcription.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002