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Genomics. 1989 Nov;5(4):932-5.

Human laminin A chain (LAMA) gene: chromosomal mapping to locus 18p11.3.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Laminin, an integral component of basement membranes, consists of three subunit polypeptides, A, B1, and B2 chains. We have recently isolated cDNAs corresponding to human laminin A chain. These cDNAs were utilized for chromosomal in situ hybridizations to establish the genomic location of the laminin A chain gene. Metaphase chromosomes of PHA-stimulated human peripheral blood leukocytes were examined by in situ hybridization with 3H-labeled cDNAs, and the chromosomes were identified by R-banding (fluorochrome-photolysis-Giemsa method). The results indicated that the human laminin A chain is at locus 18p11.3. Since human laminin B1 and B2 chain genes have been previously mapped to chromosomes 7 and 1, respectively, the results indicate that genes encoding human laminin chains reside in separate chromosomes.

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