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Ann Genet. 2000 Apr-Jun;43(2):69-74.

Human TIP49b/RUVBL2 gene: genomic structure, expression pattern, physical link to the human CGB/LHB gene cluster on chromosome 19q13.3.

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Laboratoire de génétique moléculaire, UPRES JE 2195, faculté des sciences pharmaceutiques et biologiques de Paris, 4, avenue de l'Observatoire, 75006, Paris, France.


Bacterial DNA helicase RuvB protein is an essential component in homologous recombination and DNA double-strand break repair. Here, we report the gene structure of TIP49b/RUVBL2, a second putative human homologue of the bacterial RuvB gene. This gene contains 15 exons and 14 introns. The TIP49b/RUVBL2 open reading frame encodes a protein of 463 amino acids, showing 43% identity with the RUVBL1 protein. The TIP49b/RUVBL2 gene is physically linked to the human CGB/LHB gene cluster on chromosome 19q13.3. Genomic sequence analysis revealed that the TIP49b/RUVBL2 gene is very close (55 nucleotides in length) to the LHB gene, in the opposite orientation. The very close co-location of the mouse homologues of the human TIP49b/RUVBL2 and LHB genes was also conserved on mouse chromosome 7. Co-ordinated transcriptional regulation between the TIP49b/RUVBL2 and LHB genes was not observed. TIP49b/RUVBL2, like RUVBL1, was expressed ubiquitously in all human tissues examined and more strongly in testis. As TIP49b/RUVBL2 is expected to be involved in recombination repair and is located in a chromosome region frequently amplified in breast cancer, we quantified TIP49b/RUVBL2 gene expression by using real-time quantitative RT-PCR in a series of breast tumour samples. None of the tumour samples showed an altered TIP49b/RUVBL2 transcription level relative to normal breast tissue.

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