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Cytogenet Cell Genet. 1998;83(3-4):214-7.

Molecular cloning, expression, and chromosomal localization of a ubiquitously expressed human 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/ fructose-2, 6-bisphosphatase gene (PFKFB3).

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Unitat de Bioquímica, Campus de Bellvitge, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


We report the identification of a human 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose 2,6-bisphosphatase gene (PFKFB3) isolated from a human fetal brain cDNA library. The gene was localized to 10p15-->p14 by fluorescence in situ hybridization. The entire cDNA (4,322 bp) codes for a polypeptide of 520 amino acid residues (molecular weight, 59.571 kDa). Structural analysis showed the presence of a kinase domain located at the amino terminus and a bisphosphatase domain at the carboxy terminus, characteristic of previously described 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose 2, 6-bisphosphatase isozymes. In addition, a phosphorylation site for cAMP-dependent protein kinase was found at the carboxy terminus. Northern blot analysis showed the presence of a unique 4.8-kb mRNA expressed in the different tissues studied. In mammalian COS-1 cells, this cDNA drives the expression of an active isozyme. Taken together, these results identify the presence of a gene coding for a human 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose 2,6-bisphosphatase isozyme which is ubiquitously expressed.

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