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Amino acid sequence of a chicken heat shock protein derived from the complementary DNA nucleotide sequence.

The complete nucleotide sequence for a chicken heat shock protein (hsp108) was determined from cDNA clones isolated from hen oviduct and bursal lymphoma recombinant DNA libraries. This protein has certain biochemical similarities to the progesterone receptor, but it is clearly distinct from it. The initial cDNA clone, isolated from a chicken oviduct cDNA library, was detected by antibody screening and hybrid-selected translation [Zarucki-Schulz, T., Kulomaa, M. S., Headon, D. R., Weigel, N. L., Baez, M., Edwards, D. P., McGuire, W. L., Schrader, W. T., & O'Malley, B. W. (1984) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 81, 6358-6362]. The earlier clones were used to screen for additional cDNAs, and cDNAs that define the entire mRNA sequence of hsp108 have been obtained. The nucleotide sequence codes for peptides present in hsp108 as determined by protein microsequencing. The 5' end of the mRNA was determined by primer extension studies. The mRNA contains a noncoding region of 101 nucleotides upstream from the predicted initiation codon. The 3' untranslated region contains 244 nucleotides beyond the termination codon, and it contains a predicted polyadenylation signal 26 nucleotides from the end of the complete cDNA. The coding region of 2385 nucleotides corresponds to a polypeptide chain of 795 amino acids, giving a molecular weight of 91,555 for the hsp108 protein. In another paper, evidence is presented that hsp108 shows a high degree of amino acid sequence homology with two heat shock proteins, hsp90 (yeast) and hsp83 (Drosophila), and is indeed inducible by heat shock [Sargan, D. R., Tsai, M.-J., & O'Malley, B. W. (1986) Biochemistry (following paper in this issue)].[1]


  1. Amino acid sequence of a chicken heat shock protein derived from the complementary DNA nucleotide sequence. Kulomaa, M.S., Weigel, N.L., Kleinsek, D.A., Beattie, W.G., Conneely, O.M., March, C., Zarucki-Schulz, T., Schrader, W.T., O'Malley, B.W. Biochemistry (1986) [Pubmed]
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