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Gene. 2002 May 15;290(1-2):73-94.

Pore membrane and/or filament interacting like protein 1 (POMFIL1) is predominantly expressed in the nervous system and encodes different protein isoforms.

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German Cancer Research Center, Division of Molecular Genomeanalysis, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg, Germany.


We have isolated and characterized a novel differentially spliced gene predominantly expressed in the nervous system, which encodes protein isoforms with significant homology to the alpha-actinin protein superfamily, the Caenorhabditis elegans UNC-53 protein and weak homology to the nuclear membrane protein POM121. Similar to POM121 the primary structures show a hydrophobic region that is likely to form one or more adjacent transmembrane segment(s). Indirect immunofluorescence with antibodies against a synthetic peptide gave staining of the nucleus. Target experiments with EGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein)-fusion proteins confirmed the nuclear localization. Two further members of this gene family could be isolated. All three pore membrane and/or filament interacting like (POMFIL) genes are differentially expressed in neuronal tumor cell lines. In 40% of tested primary neuroblastomas expression of POMFIL1 is strongly reduced and after brain injury POMFIL1 protein expression is upregulated, indicating that POMFIL1 is involved in the process of neuron growth and regeneration, as well as in neural tumorigenesis.

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