A 1.8 kb alternative transcript from the human epidermal growth factor receptor gene encodes a truncated form of the receptor

Jill Reiter, Nita J. Maihle

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Abstract

The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is encoded by the c-erbB1 proto-oncogene and plays an important role in the control of cell growth and differentiation. To study the potential growth regulatory role of soluble EGF receptors, we have isolated cDNA clones encoding a truncated, secreted form of the human EGFR. The 5' sequence of this cDNA is identical to the EGFR transcript encoding the full-length receptor through exon 10. The unique 3' sequence encodes two additional amino acid residues before encountering an in-frame stop codon, a poly(A) addition site and a poly(A)+ tail. Sequence comparison with genomic DNA sequences demonstrates that this alternative transcript arises by read-through of a splice donor site. As a result, this transcript encodes a portion of the extracellular ligand-binding domain, but lacks the transmembrane domain and the intracellular tyrosine kinase catalytic domain present in the EGFR. Conditioned medium from transfected fibroblast cells contains a 60 kDa protein that is specifically immunoprecipitated by an EGFR monoclonal antibody. These findings demonstrate that alternative processing of the human EGFR transcript produces a secreted product composed of only the extracellular ligand-binding domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4050-4056
Number of pages7
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume24
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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erbB-1 Genes
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor
Complementary DNA
Ligands
RNA Splice Sites
Poly A
Proto-Oncogenes
Terminator Codon
Conditioned Culture Medium
Growth
Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Cell Differentiation
Exons
Catalytic Domain
Clone Cells
Fibroblasts
Monoclonal Antibodies
Amino Acids
Messenger RNA
Proteins

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A 1.8 kb alternative transcript from the human epidermal growth factor receptor gene encodes a truncated form of the receptor. / Reiter, Jill; Maihle, Nita J.

In: Nucleic Acids Research, Vol. 24, No. 20, 1996, p. 4050-4056.

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