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J Biol Chem January 15, 1990; 265 (2): 1089-93.

Identification of a novel transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta 5) mRNA in Xenopus laevis.

Kondaiah P , Sands MJ , Smith JM , Fields A , Roberts AB , Sporn MB , Melton DA .

A novel transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) mRNA of about 3.0 kilobases, which encodes a putative protein of 382 amino acids, has been identified in amphibians by cDNA cloning. This mRNA, which we designate as TGF-beta 5, is developmentally regulated and highly expressed beginning at early neurula (stage 14) and in many adult tissues in Xenopus laevis. Following the first methionine, the putative precursor protein has a hydrophobic region, approximately 22 amino acids long, which probably represents a signal sequence, similar to that found in TGF-beta s 1-3. The precursor also has potential sites for glycosylation, integrin binding (RGD), and a tetrabasic amino acid (RKKR) site for potential cleavage of the precursor peptide to a biologically active protein. The putative mature protein consists of 112 amino acids with 9 cysteines and has 76, 66, 69, and 72% identity to TGF-beta s 1-4, respectively.

PubMed ID: 2295601
Article link: J Biol Chem

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: tgfb1

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