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Genomics. 1995 Sep 1;29(1):62-9.

Chromosomal localization and cDNA cloning of the genes (DDB1 and DDB2) for the p127 and p48 subunits of a human damage-specific DNA binding protein.

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley 94720-3202, USA.


DDB is a damage-specific DNA binding protein whose binding activity is absent from a minority of cell strains from individuals with xeroderma pigmentosum Group E, a human hereditary disease characterized by defective nucleotide excision DNA repair and an increased incidence of skin cancer. The binding activity from HeLa cells is associated with polypeptides of M(r) 124,000 and 41,000 as determined by SDS-polyacrylamide gels. This report describes the isolation of full-length human cDNAs encoding each polypeptide of DDB. The predicted peptide molecular masses based on open reading frames are 127,000 and 48,000. When expressed in an in vitro rabbit reticulocyte system, the p48 subunit migrates with an M(r) of 41 kDa on SDS-polyacrylamide gels, similarly to the peptide purified from HeLa cells. There is no significant homology between the derived p48 peptide sequence and any proteins in current databases, and the derived peptide sequence of p127 has homology only with the monkey DDB p127 (98% nucleotide identity and only one conserved amino acid substitution). Using a fluorescence in situ hybridization technique, the DDB p127 locus (DDB1) was assigned to the chromosomal location 11q12-q13, and the DDB p48 locus (DDB2) to 11p11-p12.

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