Using avidin cDNA as a hybridisation probe, we detected a gene family whose putative products are related to the chicken egg-white avidin. Two overlapping genomic clones were found to contain five genes (avidin-related genes 1-5, avr1-avr5), which have been cloned, characterized and sequenced. All of the genes have a four-exon structure with an overall identity with the avidin cDNA of 88-92%. The genes appear to have no pseudogenic features and, in fact, two of these genes have been shown to be transcribed. The putative proteins share a sequence identity of 68-78% with avidin. The amino acid residues responsible for the biotin-binding activity of avidin and the bacterial biotin-binding protein, streptavidin, are highly conserved. Since avidin is induced in both a progesterone-specific manner and in connection with inflammation, these genes offer a valuable tool to study complex gene regulation in vivo.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Journal of Biochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
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