Structure and Chromosomal Localization of the Human Renal Kallikrein Gene

Bronwyn A. Evans, Zhang Xiao Yun, Jacqueline A. Close, Geoffrey W. Tregear, Naomi Kitamura, Shigetada Nakanishi, David F. Caller, Elizabeth Baker, Valentine J. Hyland, Grant R. Sutherland, Robert I. Richards

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Glandular kallikreins are a family of proteases encoded by a variable number of genes in different mammalian species. In all species examined, however, one particular kallikrein is functionally conserved in its capacity to release the vasoactive peptide, Lys-bradykinin, from low molecular weight kininogen. This kallikrein is found in the kidney, pancreas, and salivary gland, showing a unique pattern of tissue-specific expression relative to other members of the family. We have isolated a genomic clone carrying the human renal kallikrein gene and compared the nucleotide sequence of its promoter region with those of the mouse renal kallikrein gene and another mouse kallikrein gene expressed in a distinct cell type. We find four sequence elements conserved between renal kallikrein genes from the two species. We have also shown that the human gene is localized to 19ql3, a position analogous to that of the kallikrein gene family on mouse chromosome 7.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3124-3129
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1988
Externally publishedYes

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