cDNA Sequences of Two Apolipoproteins from Lamprey

M. Pontes, X. Xu, D. Graham, M. Riley, R. F. Doolittle, M. Pontes, X. Xu

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The messages for two small but abundant apolipoproteins found in lamprey blood plasma were cloned with the aid of oligonucleotide probes based on amino-terminal sequences. In both cases, numerous clones were identified in a lamprey liver cDNA library, consistent with the great abundance of these proteins in lamprey blood. One of the cDNAs (LAL1) has a coding region of 105 amino acids that corresponds to a 21-residue signal peptide, a putative 8-residue propeptide, and the 76-residue mature protein found in blood. The other cDNA (LAL2) codes for a total of 191 residues, the first 23 of which constitute a signal peptide. The two proteins, which occur in the “high-density lipoprotein fraction” of ultracentrifuged plasma, have amino acid compositions similar to those of apolipoproteins found in mammalian blood; computer analysis indicates that the sequences are largely helix-permissive. When the sequences were searched against an amino acid sequence data base, rat apolipoprotein IV was the best matching candidate in both cases. Although a reasonable alignment can be made with that sequence and LAL1, definitive assignment of the two lamprey proteins to typical mammalian classes cannot be made at this point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1611-1617
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry


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