Journal article

CLONING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A NOVEL NK CELL-SPECIFIC SERINE-PROTEASE GENE AND ITS FUNCTIONAL 5'-FLANKING SEQUENCES

MJ SMYTH, MD HULETT, KYT THIA, HA YOUNG, TJ SAYERS, CRD CARTER, JA TRAPANI

Immunogenetics | SPRINGER | Published : 1995

Abstract

Rat natural killer cell Met-ase-1 (RNK-Met-1) is a 30,000 M(r) serine protease (granzyme) found in the cytolytic granules of CD3- large granular lymphocytes (LGL) with natural killer (NK) activity. To characterize the genomic sequences responsible for the CD3- LGL-restricted expression of this gene, we screened a rat genomic library with RNK-Met-1 cDNA, and obtained bacteriophage clones that contained the RNK-Met-1 gene. The RNK-Met-1 gene comprises 5 exons and spans approximately 5.2 kilobases (kb), exhibiting a similar structural organization to a class of CTL-serine proteases with protease catalytic residues encoded near the borders of exons 2, 3, and 5. The 5'-flanking region of the RNK-..

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