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J Neurochem. 1996 Nov;67(5):2200-3.

Cloning of CDP-diacylglycerol synthase from a human neuronal cell line.

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  • 1Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48104-1687, USA.


A critical step in the supply of substrate for the phosphoinositide signal transduction pathway is the formation of the liponucleotide intermediate, CDP-diacylglycerol, catalyzed by CDP-diacylglycerol synthase. Further insight into the regulation of phosphoinositide biosynthesis was sought by cloning of the gene for the vertebrate enzyme. Sequence of the corresponding gene from Drosophila was used to prepare a probe for screening of a human neuronal cell cDNA library. A cDNA was isolated with a predicted open reading frame of 1,332 bases, encoding a protein of 51 kDa. The amino acid sequence showed 50% identity (75% similarity) to that of Drosophila eye CDP-diacylglycerol synthase and substantial similarity to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli homologues. Northern blot analysis, with human cDNA riboprobes, suggested that the corresponding mRNA was expressed in all human tissues examined. Expression of the human cDNA in COS cells resulted in a more than fourfold increase in CDP-diacylglycerol synthase activity. Knowledge of the sequence of vertebrate CDP-diacylglycerol synthase should facilitate further investigations into its regulation and the possible existence of distinct isoforms.

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