Organization and sequence of the human insulin-like growth factor I gene. Alternative RNA processing produces two insulin-like growth factor I precursor peptides

P. Rotwein, K. M. Pollock, D. K. Didier, G. G. Krivi

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Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), a 70-amino acid basic polypeptide, plays a fundamental role in postnatal mammalian growth as a major mediator through which growth hormone exerts its biological effects. We have recently identified two human IGF-I cDNAs which predict distinct peptide precursors of 153 and 195 amino acids. In the present study, both cDNAs were used to isolate and characterize the human IGF-I gene from genomic libraries. The IGF-I gene extends over at least 45 kilobase pairs and contains five exons interrupted by four introns. The DNA sequence of exons 1 through 4 encodes the 195-amino acid precursor, while exons 1, 2, 3, and 5 code for the 153-residue peptide, confirming the hypothesis that at least two IGF-I mRNAs are generated by alternative RNA processing of the primary gene transcript. The structure of the IGF-I gene resembles that of its companion somatomedin, IGF-II, as judged by the analogous location of two introns and considerable nucleotide and amino acid sequence similarity, but appears more distantly related to other members of the insulin gene family. Restriction endonuclease polymorphisms in the IGF-I gene, which map near exon 5 as determined by Southern blot analysis, will be useful in defining the genetics of familial growth failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4828-4832
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume261
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Insulin-Like Growth Factor I
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Exons
Amino Acids
Introns
Complementary DNA
Basic Amino Acids
Insulin-Like Growth Factor II
Genomic Library
DNA sequences
DNA Restriction Enzymes
Somatomedins
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Southern Blotting
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Growth Hormone

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Organization and sequence of the human insulin-like growth factor I gene. Alternative RNA processing produces two insulin-like growth factor I precursor peptides. / Rotwein, P.; Pollock, K. M.; Didier, D. K.; Krivi, G. G.

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