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FEBS Lett. 1997 Jan 27;402(1):57-61.

Identification of two new mu-adaptin-related proteins, mu-ARP1 and mu-ARP2.

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Institut fur Physiologische Chemie, Medizinische Fakult├Ąt, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Germany.


We report the cDNA cloning, primary structure and tissue distribution of two new proteins homologous to mu-adaptins, the medium chains of the clathrin coat adaptor complexes. Both predicted proteins share 60% amino acid sequence identity with each other and 27-31%, identity with mu1-adaptin (ap47) and mu2-adaptin (ap50). Lower similarity (23-25% identity) is found with two other mu-adaptin-related proteins, p47A/B, and there is similarity over the N-terminal 150 amino acids with the adaptin small chains and deltaCOP. The mRNAs of both molecules are expressed in all tissues analyzed, but with different profiles of relative abundance. mu-ARP1 is most abundant in brain, ovary and lung, whereas mu-ARP2 is prominently expressed in testis. These proteins suggest the existence of as yet uncharacterized types of clathrin- or non-clathrin-associated protein coats in cellular membrane traffic, of which they are probably prototype subunits, and provide molecular markers and probes for their characterization.

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