Molecular analysis of insertion/deletion mutations in protein 4.1 in elliptocytosis II. Determination of molecular genetic origins of rearrangements

John Conboy, Sally Marchesi, Rami Kim, Peter Agre, Y. W. Kan, Narla Mohandas

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Abstract

Protein 4.1 is an ∼ 80-kD structural protein in the membrane skeleton which underlies and supports the erythrocyte plasma membrane. The preceding companion paper presents a biochemical study of two abnormal protein 4.1 species from individuals with the red blood cell disorder, hereditary elliptocytosis. These variants, "protein 4.168/65" and "protein 4.195," have altered molecular weights due to internal deletions and duplications apparently localized around the spectrin-actin binding domain. Here we use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques to clone and sequence the corresponding mutant reticulocyte mRNAs, and correlate the deletion/duplication end points with exon boundaries of the gene. Protein 4.168/65 mRNA lacks sequences encoding the functionally important spectrin-actin binding domain due to a 240 nucleotide (nt) deletion spanning the codons for LyS407Gly486. Protein 4.195 mRNA encodes a protein with two spectrin-actin binding domains by virtue of a 369 nt duplication of codons for Lys407-Gln529. These deletions and duplications correspond to gene rearrangements involving three exons encoding 21, 59, and 43 amino acids, respectively. The duplicated 21 amino acid exon in the 4.195 gene retains its proper tissue-specific expression pattern, being spliced into reticulocyte 4.1 mRNA and out of lymphocyte 4.1 mRNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-530
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Erythrocyte
  • Gene rearrangements PCR
  • Mutations
  • Protein 4.1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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