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Genomics. 2003 Sep;82(3):343-54.

Molecular cloning, structural analysis, and expression of a human IRLB, MYC promoter-binding protein: new DENN domain-containing protein family emerges.

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Genome Analysis Laboratory, Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.


IRLB was originally identified as a partial cDNA clone, encoding a 191-aa protein binding the interferon-stimulated response element (ISRE) in the P2 promoter of human MYC. Here, we cloned the full-size IRLB using different bioinformatics tools and an RT-PCR approach. The full-size gene encompasses 131 kb within chromosome 15q22 and consists of 32 exons. IRLB is transcribed as a 6.6-kb mRNA encoding a protein of 1865 aa. IRLB is ubiquitously expressed and its expression is regulated in a growth- and cell cycle-dependent manner. In addition to the ISRE-binding domain IRLB contains a tripartite DENN domain, a nuclear localization signal, two PPRs, and a calmodulin-binding domain. The presence of DENN domains predicts possible interactions of IRLB with GTPases from the Rab family or regulation of growth-induced MAPKs. Strongly homologous proteins were identified in all available vertebrate genomes as well as in Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster. In human and mouse a family of IRLB proteins exists, consisting of at least three members.

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