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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Identification and characterization of a retinoic acid-regulated human homologue of the unc-33-like phosphoprotein gene (hUlip) from neuroblastoma cells.

A cDNA, 7G1, was isolated from retinoic acid (RA) differentiated neuroblastoma cells whose expression was high in human fetal brain and spinal cord mRNA but undetectable in adult brain or non-neuronal tissues. Sequence analysis indicates that 7G1 is homologous to the Caenorhabditis elegans gene unc-33. A 5.5-kilobase pair full-length cDNA from a human fetal brain cDNA library contains an 1710-base pair open reading frame. Because the predicted 570 amino acid sequence of 7G1 shares 98% identity with the murine Ulip gene product, an unc-33-like-phosphoprotein, we refer to 7G1 as the human Ulip (hUlip). hUlip is also similar to the bacterial enzyme D-hydantoinase and the recently described vertebrate gene products CRMP62, TOAD-64, CRMP1, CRMP2, and mUNC. RA stimulates an increase in hUlip mRNA that is transcriptionally regulated. RA stimulates an increase in polypeptides of 58, 60, 65, and 70 kDa with the 58- and 65-kDa species being dephosphorylated forms of the 60- and 70-kDa species. This study presents a model in which to study the regulation and expression of the hUlip gene, a member of an emerging family of molecules that potentially mediates signals involved in axonal outgrowth.[1]


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