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Hum Mol Genet. 2003 Mar 15;12(6):685-98.

PKHDL1, a homolog of the autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease gene, encodes a receptor with inducible T lymphocyte expression.

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Division of Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Autosomal-recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is caused by mutation to a large gene, PKHD1, encoding a putative receptor protein, fibrocystin. We have identified, through analysis of human genomic sequence, a PKHD1 homolog, PKHDL1, in chromosome region 8q23. The PKHDL1 transcript of 13081 bp was amplified as 16 fragments and sequenced; the sequence of the murine ortholog, Pkhdl1 (chromosome region 15B3) was also determined. PKHDL1 contains 78 exons, covers a genomic region of approximately 168 kb and encodes a large protein, fibrocystin-L. Screening PKHDL1 in ARPKD patients with no PKHD1 mutations revealed several sequence variants but no clear mutations, making it unlikely that it is ARPKD-associated. Human fibrocystin-L is predicted to be a large receptor protein (4243 aa; 466 kDa) with a signal peptide, single transmembrane domain and short cytoplasmic tail. Fibrocystin-L is homologous to fibrocystin throughout most of the extracellular region with overall identity of 25.0% and similarity of 41.5%. Fibrocystin-L has extracellular domains similar to fibrocystin with 14 copies of the TIG domain and two regions of significant homology to the protein TMEM2. Genomic sequence analysis identified no other full-length fibrocystin homologs in humans, mice or other sequenced organisms. The Fugu fish has a fibrocystin-L ortholog but no fibrocystin, suggesting that the newly identified protein may be the ancestral form. PKHDL1 and Pkhdl1 are widely expressed at a low level in most tissues but only detected in blood-derived cell-lines. Low level expression was detected in many primary immune cell subtypes but up-regulated specifically in T lymphocytes, following activation signals, suggesting a role in cellular immunity.

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