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Biochem J. 1998 Jun 15;332 ( Pt 3):729-38.

Genomic organization of the 3'-region of the human MUC5AC mucin gene: additional evidence for a common ancestral gene for the 11p15.5 mucin gene family.

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  • 1INSERM Unité 377, Place de Verdun, 59045 Lille Cedex, France.


The human mucin gene MUC5AC is mapped clustered with MUC2, MUC5B and MUC6 on chromosome 11p15.5. We report here the isolation and characterization of a genomic cosmid clone, designated ELO9, spanning the 3'-region of MUC5AC and the 5'-region of MUC5B, allowing us to conclude that MUC5AC and MUC5B have the same transcriptional orientation. We determined the genomic organization and the entire sequence of the 3'-region of MUC5AC. The comparative molecular analysis of MUC5AC and MUC5B points to a remarkable similarity in the size and the distribution of exons, and in the type of splice sites, supporting the notion that MUC5AC and MUC5B have evolved from a single common ancestral gene. The derivation of the four genes of the 11p15.5 mucin gene family from a single ancestral gene is discussed.

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