PMID: 1903654Jun 4, 1991Paper

Molecular cloning and primary structure of rat thyroxine-binding globulin

S ImamuraS Refetoff


Rat thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) cDNAs were isolated from a rat liver cDNA library by using a human TBG cDNA as a probe. From two overlapping cDNA inserts, an aligned cDNA sequence of 1714 nucleotides was obtained. There was 70% homology with human TBG cDNA over the span of 1526 nucleotides. In order to confirm that the cloned cDNA encodes rat TBG and to localize the NH2-terminal amino acid of the mature molecule, the protein was purified by affinity chromatography and subjected to direct protein microsequencing. The NH2-terminal amino acid sequence was identical with that deduced from the nucleotide sequence. The rat TBG cDNA sequenced consisted of a truncated leader sequence (35 nucleotides), the complete sequence encoding the mature protein (1194 nucleotides) and the 3'-untranslated region (485 nucleotides), containing two polyadenylation signals. It was deduced that rat TBG consists of 398 amino acids (Mr = 44,607), three NH2-terminal residues more than human TBG, with which it shares 76% homology in primary structure. Of the six potential N-glycosylation sites, four are located in conserved positions compared to human TBG. Northern blot analysis of rat liver revealed an approximately 1.8-kilobase TBG mRNA. Its amount i...Continue Reading


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