The cDNA sequence of mouse Pgp-1 and homology to human CD44 cell surface antigen and proteoglycan core/link proteins

E. J. Wolffe, W. C. Gause, C. M. Pelfrey, S. M. Holland, A. D. Steinberg, J. T. August

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We describe the isolation and sequencing of a cDNA encoding mouse Pgp-1. An oligonucleotide probe corresponding to the NH2-terminal sequence of the purified protein was synthesized by the polymerase chain reaction and used to screen a mouse macrophage λgt11 library. A cDNA clone with an insert of 1.2 kilobases was selected and sequenced. In Northern blot analysis, only cells expressing Pgp-1 contained mRNA species that hybridized with this Pgp-1 cDNA. The nucleotide sequence of the cDNA has a single open reading frame that yields a protein-coding sequence of 1076 base pairs followed by a 132-base pair 3'-untranslated sequence that includes a putative polyadenylation signal but no poly(A) tail. The translated sequence comprises a 13-amino acid signal peptide followed by a polypeptide core of 345 residues corresponding to an M(r) of 37,800. Portions of the deduced amino acid sequence were identical to those obtained by amino acid sequence analysis from the purified glycoprotein, confirming that the cDNA encodes Pgp-1. The predicted structure of Pgp-1 includes an NH2-terminal extracellular domain (residues 14-265), a transmembrane domain (residues 266-286), and a cytoplasmic tail (residues 287-358). Portions of the mouse Pgp-1 sequence are highly similar to that of the human CD44 cell surface glycoprotein implicated in cell adhesion. The protein also shows sequence similarity to the proteoglycan tandem repeat sequences found in cartilage link protein and cartilage proteoglycan core protein which are thought to be involved in binding to hyaluronic acid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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