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EMBO J. Jul 1985; 4(7): 1755–1759.
PMCID: PMC554414

Primary structure of human fibronectin: differential splicing may generate at least 10 polypeptides from a single gene.


Cellular and plasma fibronectins are heterodimers consisting of similar but not identical polypeptides. The differences between fibronectin subunits are due in part to the variability of internal primary sequences. This results from alternative splicing in at least two regions (ED and IIICS) of the pre-mRNA. The complete primary structure of human fibronectin, including most of the internal variations, has been determined by sequencing a series of overlapping cDNA clones. In total, they covered 7692 nucleotides and represented the mRNA sequence coding from the amino terminus of the mature protein to the poly(A) tail. The deduced amino acid sequence of fibronectin has been analysed in terms of the arrangement of internal homologies and the different binding domains.

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