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Biochemistry. 1988 Aug 23;27(17):6529-34.

Relationships between the gene and protein structure in human complement component C9.

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  • 1European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, FRG.

Abstract

Human complement component C9 is a multidomain protein for which a large number of surface topographical features have been determined. We have analyzed the exon-intron boundaries of the human C9 gene and find a good correlation between splice sites and surface features of the protein but little correlation with the putative protein domain structure, even in the cysteine-rich sequence homology with the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor which is likely to be an independently folded structural motif. This is surprising because in the LDL receptor the same sequence is precisely bounded by introns, and it has been assumed that this sequence is present in both proteins as a result of exon shuffling. We deduce that substantial rearrangement of the exon-intron structure of the C9 gene must have occurred before the exchange of cysteine-rich domains, possibly linked to the process of exon duplication which was required to generate the repeats in the LDL receptor.

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