Journal article

Cloning and characterization of a novel human gene related to vascular endothelial growth factor

S Grimmond, J Lagercrantz, C Drinkwater, G Silins, S Townson, P Pollock, D Gotley, E Carson, S Rakar, M Nordenskjold, L Ward, N Hayward, G Weber

GENOME RESEARCH | COLD SPRING HARBOR LAB PRESS | Published : 1996

Abstract

This paper describes the cloning and characterization of a new member of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene family, which we have designated VRF for VEGF-related-factor. Sequencing of cDNAs from a human fetal brain library and RT-PCR products from normal and tumor tissue cDNA pools indicate two alternatively spliced messages with open reading frames of 621 and 564 bp, respectively. The predicted proteins differ at their carboxyl ends resulting from a shift in the open reading frame. Both isoforms show strong homology to VEGF at their amino termini, but only the shorter isoform maintains homology to VEGF at its carboxyl terminus and conserves all 16 cysteine residues of VEGF16..

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