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Neuroserpin (PI12), initially identified as an axonally secreted protein in cultured chicken dorsal root ganglion neurons, belongs to the serpin family of the serine protease inhibitors and is mainly expressed by neurons of both the developing and the adult nervous system. Here we report on the cloning and structural characterization of the neuroserpin gene of the mouse. The murine neuroserpin gene spans over more than 55kb and consists of nine exons. The positions and phases of the exon¿ntron borders are completely conserved between neuroserpin and its nearest homologues, protease nexin-1 and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1. A single transcription initiation site, which is colocalized with a potential initiation (Inr) sequence, has been determined by primer extension and RNase protection. Sequence analysis revealed a TATA-less promoter with a CAAT box and several sites for the general transcription factor Sp1 and the neuron-specific transcription factor AP-2.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry|
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Date:||3 July 1998|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008 12:20|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 22:28|
|Funders:||Hartmann Müller-Stiftung, Betty und David Koetser-Stiftung für Hirnforschung, Stiftung für Wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Zürich|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 10|
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