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J Biochem. 1996 Jul;120(1):201-5.

Structure of the gene encoding the human differentiation-stimulating factor/leukemia inhibitory factor receptor.

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  • 1Department of Chemotherapy, Saitama Cancer Center Research Institute.


The human gene encoding the differentiation-stimulating factor (D-factor)/leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) receptor was cloned and its structure was analyzed. The gene spans more than 70 kilobases and contains 20 exons. The D-factor/LIF receptor can be subdivided into several regions; cytokine receptor homologous domain 1, an Ig-like domain, cytokine receptor homologous domain 2, three fibronectin type III domains, a transmembrane domain and a cytoplasmic region. Each domain of the receptor is encoded by a set of exons. There is a TATA sequence upstream of the transcription initiation site. One unit of the Alu sequence is present in the 5' flanking region. An NF-IL6 site is located 31 bases downstream of the transcription initiation site.

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