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Hum Mol Genet. 1992 Oct;1(7):475-81.

The large non-collagenous domain (NC-1) of type VII collagen is amino-terminal and chimeric. Homology to cartilage matrix protein, the type III domains of fibronectin and the A domains of von Willebrand factor.

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Department of Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College, Jefferson Institute of Molecular Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Type VII collagen, the major component of anchoring fibrils, consists of a central collagenous triple-helical segment flanked by non-collagenous domains, NC-1 and NC-2. In this study, we examined the domain organization of human type VII collagen through analysis of deduced amino acid sequences derived from cloned complementary and genomic DNAs, as compared to peptide segments derived from amniotic membrane type VII collagen. The results revealed that the peptide segments derived from the NC-1 domain of type VII collagen could be assigned to the 5' portion of the composite cDNA, indicating that NC-1 resides at the amino terminal end of the molecule. Several sub-domains with homology to adhesive molecules were also identified within NC-1. These protein domains may confer adhesive properties to NC-1, thereby facilitating the binding of type VII collagen to the lamina densa in the cutaneous basement membrane and the anchoring plaques within the dermis.

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