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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1988 May;85(10):3494-8.

Isolation and characterization of cDNA clones encoding human liver glutamate dehydrogenase: evidence for a small gene family.

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  • 1Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Research Center of Crete, Greece.


We have isolated a series of human liver cDNA clones encoding glutamate dehydrogenase. The cDNA-derived protein sequence specifies a single 558-amino acid long polypeptide including a cleavable signal sequence of 53 amino acids. Blotting analysis of RNA from human, monkey, and rabbit showed that glutamate dehydrogenase mRNA is present in various amounts in all tissues tested. Glutamate dehydrogenase mRNAs are of four sizes and are found in different ratios in different tissues; the predominant ones are approximately 3.5 and approximately 2.9 kilobases. Blot hybridization of human genomic DNA to nonoverlapping cDNA fragments revealed multiple bands, many of which hybridize with two or more probes in a manner inconsistent with the existence of a single GLUD gene. Moreover, two separate 36-base synthetic oligonucleotides corresponding to the coding region hybridize to multiple genomic fragments, confirming the existence of more than one GLUD-related gene in human.

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