Mouse serum amyloid A (SAA) gene family comprises four members that are closely linked in the chromosome 7. Two of these genes encoding major mouse SAA isotypes (SAA1 and SAA2) are highly homologous not only in exons but also in introns and flanking regions; this sequence homology extends 280 base pairs upstream of major cap sites and 430 base pairs downstream of polyadenylation sites, and the 5' boundary of this homology unit is marked by the CA/GT repeat. Sequence comparison also shows that one (SAA4) of the other two genes is related to the SAA1/2 gene, whereas the other gene (SAA3) evolved independently. Based on these results and the SAA gene arrangement, we discussed mouse SAA gene evolution.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy