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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Nov 30;278(3):775-81.

Molecular characterization of a Siglec8 variant containing cytoplasmic tyrosine-based motifs, and mapping of the Siglec8 gene.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Through efforts to investigate the CD33-like subgroup of sialic acid binding immunoglobulin-like lectins (Siglecs), which are believed to be located on chromosome 19q13.4, we have identified the precise genomic region containing the Siglec8 gene. It is located on chromosome 19q13.4, approximately 330 kb downstream of the Siglec9 gene. Further, we have identified a novel Siglec8 variant, named Siglec8-Long (Siglec8-L), which differs in its last two exons from the previously published mRNA sequence of Siglec8 (GenBank Accession No. AF195092). Both Siglec8 and Siglec8-L are comprised of seven exons, of which the first five are identical, followed by marked differences in exon usage and mRNA splicing. The 499 amino acid protein encoded by the Siglec8-L open reading frame has a molecular weight of 54 kDa. Like the other members of the CD33-like subgroup of Siglecs, except for the previously published Siglec8, Siglec8-L also contains the two tyrosine-based motifs that have been found to recruit both SH2 domain-containing tyrosine and inositol phosphatases.

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