Tryptase 4, a New Member of the Chromosome 17 Family of Mouse Serine Proteases

Guang W. Wong, Lixin Li, Mallur S. Madhusudhan, Steven A. Krilis, Michael F. Gurish, Marc E. Rothenberg, Andrej Šali, Richard L. Stevens

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Genomic blot analysis raised the possibility that uncharacterized tryptase genes reside on chromosome 17 at the complex containing the three genes that encode mouse mast cell protease (mMCP) 6, mMCP-7, and transmembrane tryptase (mTMT). Probing of GenBank's expressed sequence tag data base with these three tryptase cDNAs resulted in the identification of an expressed sequence tag that encodes a portion of a novel mouse serine protease (now designated mouse tryptase 4 (mT4) because it is the fourth member of this family). 5′- and 3′-rapid amplification of cDNA ends approaches were carried out to deduce the nucleotide sequence of the full-length mT4 transcript. This information was then used to clone its ∼5.0-kilobase pair gene. Chromosome mapping analysis of its gene, sequence analysis of its transcript, and comparative protein structure modeling of its translated product revealed that mT4 is a new member of the chromosome 17 family of mouse tryptases. mT4 is 40-44% identical to mMCP-6, mMCP-7, and mTMT, and this new serine protease has all of the structural features of a functional tryptase. Moreover, mT4 is enzymatically active when expressed in insect cells. Due to its 17-mer hydrophobic domain at its C terminus, mT4 is a membrane-anchored tryptase more analogous to mTMT than the other members of its family. As assessed by RNA blot, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and/or in situ hybridization analysis, mT4 is expressed in interleukin-5-dependent mouse eosinophils, as well as in ovaries and testes. The observation that recombinant mT4 is preferentially retained in the endoplasmic reticulum of transiently transfected COS-7 cells suggests a convertase-like role for this integral membrane serine protease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20648-20658
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 8 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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