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Gene. 1997 Mar 10;187(1):83-92.

Cloning of the human twist gene: its expression is retained in adult mesodermally-derived tissues.

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  • 1Center for Gerontological Research, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USA.


We have previously reported on the isolation of several differentially expressed genes derived from young and senescent non growing WI-38 human fetal lung-derived fibroblasts. A 0.8-kb cDNA clone, isolate EPC-A2 (early population doubling cDNA-A2), encodes the 3' end of the human homolog of the Twist protein. Twist genes encode basic helix-loop-helix DNA-binding transcription factors that play crucial roles in mesoderm development. Here, we report the cloning and sequencing of the genomic human twist gene. It encodes a protein of 201 amino acids with 96% amino acid sequence identity to mouse Twist, and 100% sequence conservation in the DNA-binding region among all species in which it has been characterized. We further show that expression of human twist is retained in mesodermally-derived tissues and cell lines derived from adult donors.

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