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Novel actin crosslinker superfamily member identified by a two step degenerate PCR procedure.

Actin-crosslinking proteins link F-actin into the bundles and networks that constitute the cytoskeleton. Dystrophin, beta-spectrin, alpha-actinin, ABP-120, ABP-280, and fimbrin share homologous actin-binding domains and comprise an actin crosslinker superfamily. We have identified a novel member of this superfamily (ACF7) using a degenerate primer-mediated PCR strategy that was optimized to resolve less-abundant superfamily sequences. The ACF7 gene is on human chromosome 1 and hybridizes to high molecular weight bands on northern blots. Sequence comparisons argue that ACF7 does not fit into one of the existing families, but represents a new class within the superfamily.[1]

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  1. Novel actin crosslinker superfamily member identified by a two step degenerate PCR procedure. Byers, T.J., Beggs, A.H., McNally, E.M., Kunkel, L.M. FEBS Lett. (1995) [Pubmed]
 
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