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Biochemistry. 1994 Feb 15;33(6):1592-8.

Amino acid sequence of human pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A derived from cloned cDNA.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark.


The amino acid sequence of human pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A), a component of the circulating complex with the proform of eosinophil major basic protein (proMBP), has been determined from partial protein sequencing and from sequencing of cloned cDNA. The PAPP-A monomer contains 1547 amino acid residues, but is derived from a larger precursor of placental origin. PAPP-A contains 82 Cys residues, which are all bridged, 14 putative sites for N-glycosylation, and 7 putative sites for attachment of glycosaminoglycan groups. The C-terminal part of PAPP-A contains 5 approximately 60-residue motifs related to the short consensus repeats of complement proteins and selectins. The SCRs presently known can be grouped into three classes: complement-type, class I; selectin-type, class II; PAPP-A-type, class III. PAPP-A further contains three approximately 26-residue motifs, related to the lin-notch motifs of proteins regulating early tissue differentiation, and, in addition, a putative Zn2+ binding site similar to that found in many metalloproteinases has been identified. Apart from these features, the PAPP-A sequence is not related to other known protein sequences.

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