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Gene. 2004 Sep 29;340(1):61-9.

Molecular cloning and characterization of a novel human BTB domain-containing gene, BTBD10, which is down-regulated in glioma.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, ChangZheng Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200003, People's Republic of China.


The broad-complex, tramtrack (ttk) and bric-a-brac/poxvirus and zinc finger proteins (BTB/POZ) domain is highly conserved in a large family of eukaryotic proteins and is crucial for the latter's diverse roles in mediating interactions among proteins that are involved in transcription regulation and chromatin structures. From a fetal brain cDNA library, we isolated a cDNA of 2489 base pairs (bp) encoding a novel human BTB domain-containing protein named BTBD10. The cDNA contained an open-reading frame (ORF) of 1428 bp encoding a putative 475-amino acid (aa) protein. The BTBD10 gene was located on human chromosome 11p15.2 and consisted of nine exons spanning about 75.2 kilobase pairs (kb) of the human genome. The cDNA microarray analysis showed that BTBD10 was down-regulated in all 18 glioma samples. The expression pattern of BTBD10 gene was examined by multiple tissue cDNA (MTC) panels (Clontech), which showed a ubiquitous expression pattern in the 16 tissues examined with high expression in adult brain, testis and small intestine and weak expression in the heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, thymus, prostate, ovary and colon. The subcellular localization result revealed that BTBD10 was located specifically in the nucleus of HEK293 and COS7 cell lines, suggesting that it may function in transcriptional regulation. The different expression patterns of BTBD10 in different grades of glioma versus normal brain were also examined by RT-PCR and Northern blot. We also investigated the expression of BTBD10 in hepatocellular carcinoma, ovary cancer and lung cancer, and the results revealed no significant difference in these three tumors. All these data suggested that BTBD10 might play a role in glioma.

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