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DNA Seq. 1993;4(2):113-21.

Characterization of a rabbit fast skeletal troponin I cDNA: a comparative sequence analysis of vertebrate isoforms and tissue-specific expression of a single copy gene.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy & Cellular Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111.


A cDNA encoding skeletal fast troponin I (TnIf) has been isolated and characterized from an adult rabbit fast skeletal muscle cDNA library. This cDNA contains the entire coding region of 549 base pairs (bp), the 3' untranslated (UT) segment of 78 bp and the 5' UT segment of 74 bp. The 3' UT segment shows the predicted stem-loop structure characteristic of eukaryotic mRNAs. The cDNA-derived amino acid sequence is not identical to the chemically-derived and the recently reported cDNA-derived amino acid sequences for rabbit TnIf, and thus enables to make the necessary corrections in the sequence information. The rabbit TnIf is encoded by a single copy gene which is expressed in adult fast skeletal muscle in a tissue-specific manner. Comparative sequence analysis of the vertebrate TnI isoforms and their cDNAs shows a high level of sequence conservation in the coding region among the TnIf interspecies isoforms. The sequence similarity is markedly decreased among the fast, slow and cardiac intra- and inter-species isoforms. The C-terminal halves of TnI isoforms including a segment believed to be involved in critical interactions with actin and troponin C (TnC) show high sequence conservation whereas the N-terminal halves show considerable difference in sequence and size. The significance of these results in relation to the biological function and evolution of members of the vertebrate TnI multigene family is discussed.

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