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Nature. 1991 Sep 26;353(6342):353-5.

Sequence similarity between the mammalian bmi-1 proto-oncogene and the Drosophila regulatory genes Psc and Su(z)2.

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Division of Molecular Genetics, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam.


The bmi-1 proto-oncogene can be activated by Moloney murine leukaemia proviral insertions in E mu-myc transgenic mice. It encodes a highly conserved nuclear protein of 324 amino acids which belongs to a family of proteins containing a putative new zinc-finger. Another closely related member of this family is the mouse protein Mel-18. Here we report on the cloning and characterization of a homologous gene (D-bmi) from Drosophila melanogaster. Our analysis indicates that distinct domains of the mouse Bmi-1 protein, including the putative zinc-finger motif, are highly conserved within the much larger D-Bmi protein. Chromosomal localization and sequence comparison reveal that D-bmi is identical to Posterior Sex Combs (Psc) and indicate that the conserved domains between mouse bmi and Psc are also conserved within Suppressor-2 of Zeste (Su(z)2).

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