Members of the three-zinc-finger family of transcription factors play an important role in determining basal transcription. We have cloned mouse BTEB3 (mBTEB3), a new member of the basic transcription element binding protein (BTEB) family, which is expressed in a wide variety of tissues. mBTEB3 activates transcription of the simian virus 40 early promoter (4-fold) and of the tissue-specific SM22α promoter (100-fold), suggesting that, like BTEB1 and Sp1, mBTEB3 is a basal transcription factor.

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