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Protein BRD4 PDB 2oss.png
Available structures
PDBHuman UniProt search: PDBe RCSB
AliasesBRD4, CAP, HUNK1, HUNKI, MCAP, bromodomain containing 4
External IDsHomoloGene: 137685 GeneCards: BRD4
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 19 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 19 (human)[1]
Chromosome 19 (human)
Genomic location for BRD4
Genomic location for BRD4
Band19p13.12Start15,235,519 bp[1]
End15,332,545 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 19: 15.24 – 15.33 Mbn/a
PubMed search[2]n/a
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Bromodomain-containing protein 4 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the BRD4 gene.[3][4]

BRD4 is a member of the BET (bromodomain and extra terminal domain) family, which also includes BRD2, BRD3, and BRDT.[5] BRD4, similar to other BET family members, contains two bromodomains that recognize acetylated lysine residues.[6] BRD4 also has an extended C-terminal domain with little sequence homology to other BET family members.[5]


The two bromodomains in BRD4, termed BD1 and BD2, consist of 4 alpha-helices linked by 2 loops.[7] The ET domain structure is made up of 3 alpha-helices and a loop.[8] The C-terminal domain of BRD4 has been implicated in promoting gene transcription through interaction with the transcription elongation factor P-TEFb and RNA polymerase II.[9][10][11]


The protein encoded by this gene is homologous to the murine protein MCAP, which associates with chromosomes during mitosis, and to the human RING3 protein, a serine/threonine kinase. Each of these proteins contains two bromodomains, a conserved sequence motif which may be involved in chromatin targeting. This gene has been implicated as the chromosome 19 target of translocation t(15;19)(q13;p13.1), which defines the NUT midline carcinoma. Two alternatively spliced transcript variants have been described.[4]

Role in cancer[edit]

Most cases of NUT midline carcinoma involve translocation of the BRD4 with NUT genes.[12] BRD4 is often required for expression of Myc and other "tumor driving" oncogenes in hematologic cancers including multiple myeloma, acute myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.[13]

BRD4 is a major target of BET inhibitors,[14][13] a class of pharmaceutical drugs currently being evaluated in clinical trials.


Notably, BRD4 interacts with P-TEFb via its P-TEFb interaction domain (PID), thereby stimulating its kinase activity and stimulating its phosphorylation of the carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II.[15] Recent review.[16]

BRD4 has been shown to interact with GATA1,[17] JMJD6,[18] RFC2,[19] RFC3,[19] RFC1,[19] RFC4[19] and RFC5.[19]

BRD4 has also been implicated in binding with the diacetylated Twist protein, and the disruption of this interaction has been shown to suppress tumorigenesis in basal-like breast cancer.[20]

BRD4 has also been shown to interact with a variety of inhibitors, such as MS417; inhibition of BRD4 with MS417 has been shown to down-regulate NF-κB activity seen in HIV-associated kidney disease.[21] BRD4 also interacts with RVX-208,[22] which is being evaluated for treatment of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.


  1. ^ a b c GRCh38: Ensembl release 89: ENSG00000141867 - Ensembl, May 2017
  2. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Dey A, Ellenberg J, Farina A, Coleman AE, Maruyama T, Sciortino S, Lippincott-Schwartz J, Ozato K (Sep 2000). "A bromodomain protein, MCAP, associates with mitotic chromosomes and affects G(2)-to-M transition". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 20 (17): 6537–49. doi:10.1128/MCB.20.17.6537-6549.2000. PMC 86127Freely accessible. PMID 10938129. 
  4. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: BRD4 bromodomain containing 4". 
  5. ^ a b Zeng L, Zhou MM (Feb 2002). "Bromodomain: an acetyl-lysine binding domain". FEBS Letters. 513 (1): 124–8. doi:10.1016/s0014-5793(01)03309-9. PMID 11911891. 
  6. ^ Shi J, Vakoc CR (Jun 2014). "The mechanisms behind the therapeutic activity of BET bromodomain inhibition". Molecular Cell. 54 (5): 728–736. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2014.05.016. PMC 4236231Freely accessible. PMID 24905006. 
  7. ^ Devaiah BN, Singer DS (1 January 2013). "Two faces of brd4: mitotic bookmark and transcriptional lynchpin". Transcription. 4 (1): 13–17. doi:10.4161/trns.22542. PMC 3644036Freely accessible. PMID 23131666. 
  8. ^ Wu SY, Chiang CM (May 2007). "The double bromodomain-containing chromatin adaptor Brd4 and transcriptional regulation". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 282 (18): 13141–5. doi:10.1074/jbc.r700001200. PMID 17329240. 
  9. ^ Itzen, F; Greifenberg, A. K.; Bösken, C. A.; Geyer, M (2014). "Brd4 activates P-TEFb for RNA polymerase II CTD phosphorylation". Nucleic Acids Research. 42 (12): 7577–90. doi:10.1093/nar/gku449. PMC 4081074Freely accessible. PMID 24860166. 
  10. ^ Jonkers, I; Lis, J. T. (2015). "Getting up to speed with transcription elongation by RNA polymerase II". Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 16 (3): 167–77. doi:10.1038/nrm3953. PMC 4782187Freely accessible. PMID 25693130. 
  11. ^ Yang, Z; Yik, J. H.; Chen, R; He, N; Jang, M. K.; Ozato, K; Zhou, Q (2005). "Recruitment of P-TEFb for stimulation of transcriptional elongation by the bromodomain protein Brd4". Molecular Cell. 19 (4): 535–45. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2005.06.029. PMID 16109377. 
  12. ^ French CA (Jun 2010). "Demystified molecular pathology of NUT midline carcinomas". Journal of Clinical Pathology. 63 (6): 492–6. doi:10.1136/jcp.2007.052902. PMID 18552174. 
  13. ^ a b Da Costa, D.; Agathanggelou, A.; Perry, T.; Weston, V.; Petermann, E.; Zlatanou, A.; Oldreive, C.; Wei, W.; Stewart, G. (2013-07-19). "BET inhibition as a single or combined therapeutic approach in primary paediatric B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia". Blood Cancer Journal. 3 (7): e126. doi:10.1038/bcj.2013.24. PMC 3730202Freely accessible. PMID 23872705. 
  14. ^ Shi J, Vakoc CR (Jun 2014). "The mechanisms behind the therapeutic activity of BET bromodomain inhibition". Molecular Cell. 54 (5): 728–36. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2014.05.016. PMC 4236231Freely accessible. PMID 24905006. 
  15. ^ Itzen F, Greifenberg AK, Bösken CA, Geyer M (Jul 2014). "Brd4 activates P-TEFb for RNA polymerase II CTD phosphorylation". Nucleic Acids Research. 42 (12): 7577–7590. doi:10.1093/nar/gku449. PMC 4081074Freely accessible. PMID 24860166. 
  16. ^ Quaresma, AJ; Bugai A; Barboric M. (2016). "Cracking the control of RNA polymerase II elongation by 7SK snRNP and P-TEFb". Nucleic Acids Research. 44 (8): 7527–7539. doi:10.1093/nar/gkw585. PMC 5027500Freely accessible. PMID 27369380. 
  17. ^ Lamonica JM, Deng W, Kadauke S, Campbell AE, Gamsjaeger R, Wang H, Cheng Y, Billin AN, Hardison RC, Mackay JP, Blobel GA (May 2011). "Bromodomain protein Brd3 associates with acetylated GATA1 to promote its chromatin occupancy at erythroid target genes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108 (22): E159–68. doi:10.1073/pnas.1102140108. PMC 3107332Freely accessible. PMID 21536911. 
  18. ^ Liu W, Ma Q, Wong K, Li W, Ohgi K, Zhang J, Aggarwal AK, Rosenfeld MG (Dec 2013). "Brd4 and JMJD6-associated anti-pause enhancers in regulation of transcriptional pause release". Cell. 155 (7): 1581–95. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.10.056. PMC 3886918Freely accessible. PMID 24360279. 
  19. ^ a b c d e Maruyama T, Farina A, Dey A, Cheong J, Bermudez VP, Tamura T, Sciortino S, Shuman J, Hurwitz J, Ozato K (Sep 2002). "A Mammalian bromodomain protein, brd4, interacts with replication factor C and inhibits progression to S phase". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 22 (18): 6509–20. doi:10.1128/MCB.22.18.6509-6520.2002. PMC 135621Freely accessible. PMID 12192049. 
  20. ^ Shi J, Wang Y, Zeng L, Wu Y, Deng J, Zhang Q, Lin Y, Li J, Kang T, Tao M, Rusinova E, Zhang G, Wang C, Zhu H, Yao J, Zeng YX, Evers BM, Zhou MM, Zhou BP (Feb 2014). "Disrupting the interaction of BRD4 with diacetylated Twist suppresses tumorigenesis in basal-like breast cancer". Cancer Cell. 25 (2): 210–225. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2014.01.028. PMC 4004960Freely accessible. PMID 24525235. 
  21. ^ Zhang G, Liu R, Zhong Y, Plotnikov AN, Zhang W, Zeng L, Rusinova E, Gerona-Nevarro G, Moshkina N, Joshua J, Chuang PY, Ohlmeyer M, He JC, Zhou MM (Aug 2012). "Down-regulation of NF-κB transcriptional activity in HIV-associated kidney disease by BRD4 inhibition". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 287 (34): 28840–28851. doi:10.1074/jbc.M112.359505. PMC 3436579Freely accessible. PMID 22645123. 
  22. ^ McLure KG, Gesner EM, Tsujikawa L, Kharenko OA, Attwell S, Campeau E, Wasiak S, Stein A, White A, Fontano E, Suto RK, Wong NC, Wagner GS, Hansen HC, Young PR (31 December 2013). "RVX-208, an inducer of ApoA-I in humans, is a BET bromodomain antagonist". PLOS ONE. 8 (12): e83190. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083190. PMC 3877016Freely accessible. PMID 24391744. 

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