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Eur J Biochem. 1997 Oct 1;249(1):258-64.

Molecular cloning and expression of an interferon-inducible protein encoded by gene 203 from the gene 200 cluster.

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Department of Public Health and Microbiology, University of Turin, Italy.


We report here the complete coding sequence of a 203 cDNA, a member of the interferon-inducible Ifi 200 gene family. By combining reverse-transcriptase PCR and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) techniques we have obtained a 3.8-kb cDNA corresponding to a 203 mRNA. When used as a probe in northern analysis, its 3' segment hybridized to a 3.8-kb interferon-inducible mRNA, whereas the 5'-end additionally hybridized to a less abundant interferon-inducible 1.8-kb mRNA. Nucleotide sequence analysis revealed that the two mRNAs share the 5'-untranslated region and the same open reading frame, which encodes a hydrophilic protein composed of 408 amino acids. The difference between them is due to a 3'-untranslated region extended by alternative polyadenylation site selection. Furthermore, 203 mRNA was found to be inducible by interferon-alpha in various murine cell lines. Using polyclonal antibodies raised against a segment specific for the 203 protein, we established that p203 protein levels increase on treatment with interferon-alpha in murine fibroblasts and that p203 is located in the nucleus.

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