Glucocorticoid receptor-interacting protein 1 (GRIP1), a p160 family nuclear receptor co-activator, possesses at least two autonomous activation domains (AD1 and AD2) in the C-terminal region. AD1 activity appears to be mediated by CBP/p300, whereas AD2 activity is apparently mediated through co-activator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1). The mechanisms responsible for regulating the activities of AD1 and AD2 are not well understood. We provide evidence that the GRIP1 C-terminal region may be involved in regulating its own transactivation and nuclear receptor co-activation activities through primary self-association and a repression domain. We also compared the effects of the GRIP1 C terminus with those of other factors that functionally interact with the GRIP1 C terminus, such as CARM1. Based on our results, we propose a regulatory mechanism involving conformational changes to GRIP1 mediated through its intramolecular and intermolecular interactions, and through modulation of the effects of co-repressors on its repression domains. These are the first results to indicate that the structural components of GRIP1, especially those of the C terminus, might functionally modulate its putative transactivation activities and nuclear receptor co-activator functions.