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Oncogene. 1990 Aug;5(8):1117-24.

Alternative splicing of the human c-myb gene.

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Department of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.


Two cDNA clones of the human c-myb gene have been isolated from a CCRF-CEM leukemia cell cDNA library and sequenced in their entirety. These sequences, when compared with those previously reported for the human c-myb gene, reveal an alternative splicing process that generates at least four forms of the c-myb message. Three of these forms co-migrate on Northern blots and are co-expressed in several human hematopoietic cell types. Data on sequence comparisons with mouse and chicken homologues of c-myb coupled with oligonucleotide hybridization to genomic clones of the human c-myb gene indicate that this alternative splicing process utilizes three closely spaced splice donor sites and two unique exons present between viral defined exons 5 and 6. In one clone, the alternative splicing would generate a predicted myb protein with a three amino acid deletion in the region involved in transcription activation. In the other clone, incorporation of a new exon leads to introduction of a translation stop codon leading to loss of the entire carboxy terminus of the protein. This includes loss of a portion of the region involved in transcription activation as well as a separate highly conserved domain. The effect of these changes on protein function is currently unknown.

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