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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1996 Feb 27;219(3):789-94.

Genomic organization of the human bone morphogenetic protein-4 gene: molecular basis for multiple transcripts.

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Laboratory for Applied Biology, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The structure of the human bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) gene has been characterized from a genomic cosmid clone of about 38 kb. The transcriptional unit of the human BMP-4 gene is encoded by 5 exons and spans approximately 7 kb. The exon-intron organization of the human BMP-4 gene is similar to that of the mouse gene, with notable sequence differences in the 5' non-coding exons. The human BMP-4 gene has at least two functional promoters, which are used in a cell type specific manner. This observation is of fundamental relevance for understanding the specific role of BMP-4 in skeletal development and bone remodeling.

PMID:
8645259
DOI:
10.1006/bbrc.1996.0312
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