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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2004 Feb 20;1676(3):240-50.

The mouse secreted gel-forming mucin gene cluster.

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  • 1Unité 560 INSERM, 59045 Lille Cedex, France.


Using genomic cosmid and BAC clones and genome shotgun supercontigs available in GenBank, we determined the complete gene structure of the four mouse secreted gel-forming mucin genes Muc2, Muc5ac, Muc5b and Muc6 and the organization of the genomic locus harboring these genes. The mouse secreted gel-forming mucin gene is 215 kb on distal chromosome 7 to 69.0 cM from the centromere and organized as: Muc6-Muc2-Muc5ac-Muc5b with Muc2, Muc5ac and Muc5b arranged in the same orientation and Muc6 in opposite. Mouse mucin genes have highly similar genomic organization to each other and to their respective human homologues indicating that they have been well conserved through evolution. Deduced peptides showed striking sequence similarities in their N- and C-terminal regions whereas the threonine/serine/proline-rich central region is specific for each other and for species. Expression studies also showed that they have expression patterns similar to human mucin genes with Muc2 expressed in small and large intestines, Muc5ac and Muc6 in stomach, and Muc5b in laryngo-tracheal tract. These data constitute an important initial step for investigation of mucin gene regulation and mucin function through the use of animal models.

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