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DNA Cell Biol. 1997 Nov;16(11):1289-98.

Cloning and expression of primate Daxx cDNAs and mapping of the human gene to chromosome 6p21.3 in the MHC region.

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Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia 19104, USA.


Murine Daxx, a protein that binds to Fas and enhances Fas-mediated apoptosis through a signal transduction pathway involving the Jun amino-terminal kinase, was recently described. Here we report the cloning of human and monkey Daxx cDNAs, the widespread expression of Daxx mRNA in human tissues, and the mapping of the human Daxx gene to 6p21.3 in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region. The location of the Daxx gene, which is implicated in the pathway for deletion of autoreactive lymphocytes, in the MHC region may shed light on the genetic basis of autoimmune diseases.

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