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Primary structure of the gene for the murine Ia antigen-associated invariant chains (Ii). An alternatively spliced exon encodes a cysteine-rich domain highly homologous to a repetitive sequence of thyroglobulin

Koch, Norbert ; Lauer, Wolfgang ; Habicht, Jüri ; Dobberstein, Bernhard

In: The EMBO Journal, 6 (1987), Nr. 6. pp. 1677-1683

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The gene for murine Ia-associated invariant (1i) chains (1131 and 1i41) was characterized by sequence analysis. The gene extends over - 9 kb and is organized in nine exons. Exon 1 encodes the 5' untranslated region and the cytoplasmic segment, exon 2 the membrane spaniing segment and adjacent amino acids and exons 3- 8 the extracytoplasmic portion of 1131. Putative promoter sequences were found upstream of the start of the coding sequence. Between exons 6 and 7 an additional, alternatively spliced exon 6b has been identified. This exon is spliced into the mRNA coding for the li-related Ii41 protein. Exon 6b encodes a cysteine-rich domain of 64 amino acids. It shows a remarkably high homology to the repetitive elements in thyroglobulin, a precursor for thyroid hormone. Based on this homology, it is suggested that this domain (TgR) in Tg and in 1141 may play a role either in hormone formation or as a carrier in the transport of molecules (thyroid hormone or processed antigen respectively) between intracellular compartments.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The EMBO Journal
Volume: 6
Number: 6
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2008 17:33
Date: 1987
Page Range: pp. 1677-1683
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg
Subjects: 570 Life sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: invariant chain gene, class II histocompatibility antigens , alternative-splicing , hyroglobulin , antigen processing
Schriftenreihe ID: Works by Bernhard Dobberstein
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