Feb 11, 1997

The divergent 5' termini of the alpha human folate receptor (hFR) mRNAs originate from two tissue-specific promoters and alternative splicing: characterization of the alpha hFR gene structure

P C ElwoodK N Chung


The human KB cell or alpha folate receptor (alpha hFR) is a membrane glycoprotein of 42 kDa that participates in the internalization of folates and antifolates. Seven independent alpha hFR cDNA isoforms have been reported that contain unique 5' termini but share a common open reading frame (ORF). To investigate the molecular basis of these heterogeneous 5' sequences, we determined the sequence of the alpha hFR gene from two clones isolated from a human lymphocyte lambda DASH genomic library. The gene is composed of seven exons that span 6.8 kb. The ORF is encoded by exons 4 through 7 while the reported 5' termini of the cDNA isoforms (including two novel cDNAs designated KB2 and KB4) are encoded by exons 1 through 4. Using RNase protection assays, we demonstrate that transcripts corresponding to the KB1 and KB4 cDNAs originate from promoters upstream from exon 1 and exon 4, designated P1 and P4, respectively, and that these mRNA isoforms are the most abundant transcripts expressed in KB cells and selected normal tissues (including kidney, lung, and cerebellum). We observed a heterogeneous start site within exon 1 from the P1 promoter while transcripts from the P4 promoter originate from a single site. In addition, we detected t...Continue Reading

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Nested Transcripts
RNA Conformation
Hormone Receptors, Cell Surface
Tissue Specificity
Chimera Organism
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