Ermap, a gene coding for a novel erythroid specific adhesion/receptor membrane protein

Tie Zhen Ye, Christopher T. Gordon, Yong Hong Lai, Yuko Fujiwara, Luanne L. Peters, Andrew C. Perkins, David H.K. Chui

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Ermap (erythroid membrane-associated protein), a gene coding for a novel transmembrane protein produced exclusively in erythroid cells, is described. It is mapped to murine Chromosome 4, 57 cM distal to the centromere. The initial cDNA clone was isolated from a day 9 murine embryonic erythroid cell cDNA library. The predicted peptide sequence suggests that ERMAP is a transmembrane protein with two extracellular immunoglobulin folds, as well as a highly conserved B30.2 domain and several phosphorylation consensus sequences in the cytoplasmic region. ERMAP shares a high homology throughout the entire peptide with butyrophilin, a glycoprotein essential for milk lipid droplet formation and release. A GFP-ERMAP fusion protein was localized to the plasma membrane and cytoplasmic vesicles in transiently transfected 293T cells. Northern blot analysis and in-situ hybridization demonstrated that Ermap expression was restricted to fetal and adult erythroid tissues. ERMAP is likely a novel adhesion/receptor molecule specific for erythroid cells. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2000


  • B30.2 domain
  • Butyrophilin
  • Immunoglobulin superfamily
  • Signal transduction

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