Different gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase mRNAs are expressed in human liver and kidney

André Pawlak, Shi Jun Wu, Frédérique Bulle, Atsuo Suzuki, Naima Chikhi, Nicolas Ferry, Ja Hyun Baik, Sylvie Siegrist, Georges Guellaën

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In human, the two subunits of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) arise from a common precursor encoded by a multigene family. Until now, a single specific coding sequence for this precursor (type I) has been identified in human placenta and liver. In the present study, we have isolated from a human kidney cDNA library, a GGT specific clone (0.8 Kb). The sequence of which (type II) i) covers the carboxy terminal part of the GGT precursor, ii) exhibits 22 point mutations and a 30 bp deletion as compared to the type I GGT sequence. The sequencing of a human genomic clone reveals that this type II GGT mRNA is encoded by a different gene than the type I GGT mRNA. Both type I and type II GGT mRNAs are expressed in human liver, while almost exclusively type II GGT mRNA is detected in human kidney.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-918
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Oct 31
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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