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Genomics. 1992 Aug;13(4):1311-3.

Structure and sequence of the human alpha-L-iduronidase gene.

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  • 1Department of Chemical Pathology, Adelaide Children's Hospital, South Australia.


In humans, a deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA;EC results in the lysosomal storage of the glycosaminoglycans heparan sulfate and dermatan sulfate, thereby causing the lysosomal storage disorder mucopolysaccharidosis type I. The gene for IDUA is split into 14 exons spanning approximately 19 kb. We report the sequence of two non-contiguous segments of the IDUA gene, one 1.8-kb segment containing exons 1 and 2 and surrounding sequences and a second segment of 4.5 kb containing the last 12 exons. The potential promoter for IDUA has only GC box type consensus sequences consistent with a housekeeping promoter and is bounded by an Alu repeat sequence. The first two exons of IDUA are separated by an intron of 566 bp, then there is a large intron of approximately 13 kb, and the last 12 exons are clustered within 4.5 kb. No consensus polyadenylation signal was found in the 3' untranslated region, although two variant polyadenylation signals are proposed.

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