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Oncogene. 1995 Mar 16;10(6):1235-7.

Localization of the human HER4/erbB-4 gene to chromosome 2.

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  • 1Laboratory of Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.


The HER4/erbB-4 gene has been isolated as the fourth member of the human EGFR subfamily of tyrosine kinases and has been reported to encode a receptor for NDF/heregulin. In the present study we determined the chromosomal location of the HER4/erbB-4 gene within the human genome. Using human cDNA probes in fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), we mapped the HER4/erbB-4 gene to human chromosome 2q33.3-34. This finding established that also the HER4/erbB-4 gene is located in close vicinity of homeobox and collagen gene loci, as is the case for the related EGFR, erbB-2/neu and erbB-3. Aberrations of this chromosomal region associated with T cell leukemias and lymphomas as well as alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas raise the possibility that HER4/erbB-4 might be activated in these tumour types.

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