Glycogen synthesis is impaired in first degree relatives of subjects with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and genes relevant to this metabolic pathway are considered reasonable candidates in the pathogenesis of the disease. In skeletal muscle the de novo synthesis of glycogen is primed by an enzyme named glycogenin. We have cloned the glycogenin cDNA from human skeletal muscle mRNA: human glycogenin is a 333 amino acid protein exhibiting 93% identity with rabbit glycogenin. A single transcript of about 2.4 kb, prominent in skeletal muscle, was detected by Northern blot analysis. In situ hybridization unequivocally located the human glycogenin gene to chromosome 3q25.1. Furthermore, we mapped two intronless glycogenin-related sequences to human chromosomes 12 and 13.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 7 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology