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IRF8 Interacts with the BCL6 Co-repressor, BCOR

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Poster Session IV

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • J.H. Yoon
  • J. Feng
  • H.C. Morse III


BCOR has been discovered as a BCL-6 interacting co-repressor, but little is known about its biological activities in normal B cell development and function. Previously, we found that the interferon regulatory factor 8 (IRF8), also known as interferon consensus sequence-binding protein, ICSBP, directly targets a large number of genes in germinal center (GC) B cells including BCL6. In this study, we screened potential binding partners of IRF8 using a retrovirus-based protein complementation assay screen in a mouse pre-B cell line. We found that IRF8 interacts directly with BCOR and the alpha helical region of IRF8 is required for this interaction. Using a siRNA-mediated IRF8 knockdown mouse B cell lymphoma cell line, we showed that IRF8 represses BCOR and enhances BCL6 transcription. Taken together, these data suggest that a complex comprised of BCOR-IRF8 modulates BCL6 associated transcriptional regulation of B cell function. Additional studies to evaluate the possible role of BCOR-IRF8 complex are in progress.

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