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J Biol Chem. 1988 Jan 25;263(3):1549-54.

Human microsomal xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase. Complementary DNA sequence, complementary DNA-directed expression in COS-1 cells, and chromosomal localization.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, University of Basel, Switzerland.


A lambda gt11 expression library constructed from human liver mRNA was screened with an antibody against human microsomal xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase. The clone pheh32 contains an insert of 1742 base pairs with an open reading frame coding for a protein of 455 amino acids with a calculated Mr of 52,956. The nucleotide sequence is 77% similar to the previously reported rat xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase cDNA sequence. The deduced amino acid sequence of the human epoxide hydrolase is 80% similar to the previously reported rabbit and 84% similar to the deduced rat protein sequence. The NH2-terminal amino acids deduced from the human xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase cDNA are identical to the published 19 NH2-terminal amino acids of the purified human xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase protein. Northern blot analysis revealed a single mRNA band of 1.8 kilobases. Southern blot analysis indicated that there is only one gene copy/haploid genome. The human xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase gene was assigned to the long arm of human chromosome 1. Several restriction fragment length polymorphisms were observed with the human epoxide hydrolase cDNA. pheh32 was expressed as enzymatically active protein in cultured monkey kidney cells (COS-1).

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