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J Biol Chem. 1989 Oct 5;264(28):16828-36.

Molecular cloning and characterization of a chromosomal gene for human eosinophil peroxidase.

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  • 1Osaka Bioscience Institute, Japan.


Using human myeloperoxidase cDNA as a probe, a chromosomal gene related to myeloperoxidase was isolated from a human gene library. Comparison of the amino acid sequence deduced from the nucleotide sequence of the cloned gene with that of human eosinophil peroxidase purified from buffy coats has indicated that the isolated gene is the chromosomal gene for human eosinophil peroxidase. Like human myeloperoxidase gene, human eosinophil peroxidase gene consists of 12 exons and 11 introns spanning about 12 kilobases. The gene can code for a protein of 715 amino acids with a calculated Mr of 81,036. The heavy chain and the light chain of eosinophil peroxidase were located on the COOH and NH2 terminus of the protein, respectively. The coding sequences of eosinophil peroxidase and myeloperoxidase show homologies of 72.4% at the nucleotide and 69.8% at the amino acid level, while little homology was found in the 5'-flanking region. Northern hybridization and S1 mapping analysis of RNA from human leukemic cells have indicated that the eosinophil peroxidase gene is expressed in the eosinophilic subline of human HL-60 cells but not in the neutrophilic subline or in parental HL-60 cells.

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