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Am Rev Respir Dis. 1990 Nov;142(5):1185-92.

Molecular analysis of the heterogeneity among the P-family of alpha-1-antitrypsin alleles.

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  • 1Pulmonary Branch, National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.


The rare P-family of alpha 1-antitrypsin (alpha 1AT) variants is defined by the position of migration of the alpha 1AT protein on isoelectric focusing of serum (IEF) between the common M and S variants. To begin to examine the molecular heterogeneity among the P-type alleles, two unrelated subjects and their families identified by IEF to be carrying a P allele were analyzed. The first, Plowell, is a deficiency allele associated with reduced serum alpha 1AT levels, and the second, Psaint albans, is associated with normal serum levels. DNA sequence analysis of Plowell, the more anodal of the two variants on IEF analysis, showed that if differed from the normal M1(Val213) allele by a single base and amino acid substitution Asp256 GAT----Val GTT. In contrast, Psaint albans, a slightly more cathodally positioned variant on IEF analysis, differed from the coding exons of the normal M1(Val213) allele by two mutations, Asp341 GAC----Asn AAC, and a silent substitution in the same codon as the Plowell variant, Asp256 GAT----Asp GAC. Evaluation of Plowell mRNA transcripts by Northern and cytoblot analyses demonstrated they were of normal size and amount, and Plowell mRNA transcripts could be translated normally in vitro. Retroviral insertion of the Plowell cDNA into the genome of 3T3 fibroblasts demonstrated that it directed the synthesis of alpha 1AT, but at levels 24% that of the Psaint albans cDNA or the normal M1 (Val213) cDNA, with a pattern of biosynthesis consistent with the concept that the Plowell alpha 1AT deficiency state results from intracellular degradation of the newly synthesized Plowell protein.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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