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DNA Cell Biol. 1998 Sep;17(9):779-87.

Definition of family of coronin-related proteins conserved between humans and mice: close genetic linkage between coronin-2 and CD45-associated protein.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Cell adhesion and signal transduction are coordinated processes that may be linked through regulatory elements such as actin-binding proteins. One such protein that may fulfill this role is coronin. In Dictyostelium discoideum, coronin is involved in cellular processes such as mitosis, cell motility, and phagocytosis. In addition, a human coronin, p57, has been described which interacts with the p47 component of phox proteins and may be involved in the formation of phagocytic vacuoles. Here, we describe a family of four mouse proteins which share 38% identity with Dictyostelium coronin and thus are designated coronin-1, -2, -3, and -4. The gene for coronin-2 is localized to mouse chromosome 19, 5' of the gene for CD45-associated protein. All the coronin proteins contain five highly conserved WD domains. However, their carboxyl regions are quite distinct. Three of the four proteins are ubiquitously expressed, whereas coronin-1, the mouse ortholog of p57, demonstrates expression restricted to hematopoietic cells. Comparison of expressed sequence tag cDNAs indicates that coronin-1, -2, -3, and -4 are highly conserved between mice and humans.

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