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P300/CBP-associated factor

PDB rendering based on 1cm0.
Available structures
1cm0, 1jm4, 1n72, 1wug, 1wum, 1zs5
External IDs OMIM602303 MGI1343094 HomoloGene20834 GeneCards: PCAF Gene
RNA expression pattern
PBB GE PCAF 203845 at tn.png
More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 8850 18519
Ensembl ENSG00000114166 ENSMUSG00000000708
UniProt Q92831 n/a
RefSeq (mRNA) XM_001130666 XM_001003318
RefSeq (protein) XP_001130666 XP_001003318
Location (UCSC) Chr 3:
20.06 - 20.17 Mb
Chr 17:
53.03 - 53.14 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

P300/CBP-associated factor (PCAF), also known as K(lysine) acetyltransferase 2B (KAT2B), is a human gene and trancriptional coactivator associated with p53.



Several domains of PCAF can act independently or in unison to enable its functions. PCAF has separate acetyltransferase and E3 ubiquitin ligase domains as well as a bromodomain for interaction with other proteins. PCAF also possesses sites for its own acetylation and ubiquitination.[1]


CBP and p300 are large nuclear proteins that bind to many sequence-specific factors involved in cell growth and/or differentiation, including c-jun and the adenoviral oncoprotein E1A. The protein encoded by the PCAF gene associates with p300/CBP. It has in vitro and in vivo binding activity with CBP and p300, and competes with E1A for binding sites in p300/CBP. It has histone acetyl transferase activity with core histones and nucleosome core particles, indicating that this protein plays a direct role in transcriptional regulation.[2]


The acetyltransferase activity and cellular location of PCAF are regulated through acetylation of PCAF itself. PCAF may be autoacetylated (acetylated by itself) or by p300. Acetylation leads to migration to the nucleus and enhances its acetyltransferase activity.[3] PCAF interacts with and is deacetylated by HDAC3, leading to a reduction in PCAF acetyltransferase activity and cytoplasmic localisation.[4]

Protein interactions

PCAF forms complexes with numerous proteins which guide its activity. For example PCAF is recruited by ATF[5] to acetylate histones and promote transcription of ATF4 target genes.


There are various protein targets of PCAF's acetyltransferase activity including transcription factors such as Fli1[6], p53[7] and numerous histone residues. Hdm2, itself a ubiquitin ligase which targets p53, has also been demonstrated to be a target of the ubiquitin-ligase activity of PCAF.[1]


PCAF has been shown to interact with Beta-catenin,[8] Twist transcription factor,[9] Myc,[10] IRF1,[11] IRF2,[12][11] Transformation/transcription domain-associated protein,[10][13] CREB binding protein,[14][15] BRCA2,[16][17] KLF13,[18] TCF3,[19] RBPJ,[20] POLR2A,[15] Nuclear receptor coactivator 1,[21] EVI1,[22] Mdm2[23] and HNF1A.[24]

See also


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  3. ^ Santos-Rosa H, Valls E, Kouzarides T, Martínez-Balbás M (August 2003). "Mechanisms of P/CAF auto-acetylation". Nucleic Acids Res. 31 (15): 4285–92. doi:10.1093/nar/gkg655. PMID 12888487. PMC 169960.  
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  7. ^ Liu L, Scolnick DM, Trievel RC, et al. (February 1999). "p53 sites acetylated in vitro by PCAF and p300 are acetylated in vivo in response to DNA damage". Mol. Cell. Biol. 19 (2): 1202–9. PMID 9891054. PMC 116049.  
  8. ^ Ge, Xinjian; Jin Qihuang, Zhang Fang, Yan Tingting, Zhai Qiwei (Jan. 2009). "PCAF acetylates {beta}-catenin and improves its stability". Mol. Biol. Cell (United States) 20 (1): 419–27. doi:10.1091/mbc.E08-08-0792. PMID 18987336.  
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  14. ^ Tini, Marc; Benecke Arndt, Um Soo-Joong, Torchia Joseph, Evans Ronald M, Chambon Pierre (Feb. 2002). "Association of CBP/p300 acetylase and thymine DNA glycosylase links DNA repair and transcription". Mol. Cell (United States) 9 (2): 265–77. ISSN 1097-2765. PMID 11864601.  
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  16. ^ Lin, Horng-Ru; Ting Nicholas S Y, Qin Jun, Lee Wen-Hwa (Sep. 2003). "M phase-specific phosphorylation of BRCA2 by Polo-like kinase 1 correlates with the dissociation of the BRCA2-P/CAF complex". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 278 (38): 35979–87. doi:10.1074/jbc.M210659200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12815053.  
  17. ^ Fuks, F; Milner J, Kouzarides T (Nov. 1998). "BRCA2 associates with acetyltransferase activity when bound to P/CAF". Oncogene (ENGLAND) 17 (19): 2531–4. doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1202475. ISSN 0950-9232. PMID 9824164.  
  18. ^ Song, Chao-Zhong; Keller Kimberly, Murata Ken, Asano Haruhiko, Stamatoyannopoulos George (Mar. 2002). "Functional interaction between coactivators CBP/p300, PCAF, and transcription factor FKLF2". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 277 (9): 7029–36. doi:10.1074/jbc.M108826200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11748222.  
  19. ^ Bradney, Curtis; Hjelmeland Mark, Komatsu Yasuhiko, Yoshida Minoru, Yao Tso-Pang, Zhuang Yuan (Jan. 2003). "Regulation of E2A activities by histone acetyltransferases in B lymphocyte development". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 278 (4): 2370–6. doi:10.1074/jbc.M211464200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12435739.  
  20. ^ Kurooka, H; Honjo T (Jun. 2000). "Functional interaction between the mouse notch1 intracellular region and histone acetyltransferases PCAF and GCN5". J. Biol. Chem. (UNITED STATES) 275 (22): 17211–20. doi:10.1074/jbc.M000909200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 10747963.  
  21. ^ Spencer, T E; Jenster G, Burcin M M, Allis C D, Zhou J, Mizzen C A, McKenna N J, Onate S A, Tsai S Y, Tsai M J, O'Malley B W (Sep. 1997). "Steroid receptor coactivator-1 is a histone acetyltransferase". Nature (ENGLAND) 389 (6647): 194–8. doi:10.1038/38304. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 9296499.  
  22. ^ Chakraborty, S; Senyuk V, Sitailo S, Chi Y, Nucifora G (Nov. 2001). "Interaction of EVI1 with cAMP-responsive element-binding protein-binding protein (CBP) and p300/CBP-associated factor (P/CAF) results in reversible acetylation of EVI1 and in co-localization in nuclear speckles". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (48): 44936–43. doi:10.1074/jbc.M106733200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11568182.  
  23. ^ Jin, Yetao; Zeng Shelya X, Dai Mu-Shui, Yang Xiang-Jiao, Lu Hua (Aug. 2002). "MDM2 inhibits PCAF (p300/CREB-binding protein-associated factor)-mediated p53 acetylation". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 277 (34): 30838–43. doi:10.1074/jbc.M204078200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12068014.  
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