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Lise Lotte Hansen

A nine-nucleotide deletion and splice variation in the coding region of the interferon induced ISG12 gene

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Interferons (IFNs) are a family of cytokines with growth inhibitory, and antiviral functions. IFNs exert their biological actions through the expression of more than 1000 IFN stimulated genes, ISGs. ISG12 is an IFN type I induced gene encoding a protein of Mr 12,000. We have identified a novel, IFN inducible splice variant of ISG12 lacking exon 2 leading to a putative truncated protein isoform of Mr 7400, ISG12-S. In cells from blood and cervical cytobrush material from healthy women, the level of ISG12-S expression was higher than ISG12 expression, whereas the expression pattern was more evenly distributed between ISG12 and ISG12-S in breast carcinoma cells, in cancer cell lines and in cervical cytobrush material with neoplastic lesions. In addition, we have found a nine-nucleotide deletion situated in exon 4 of the ISG12 gene. This deletion leads to a three-amino-acid deletion (AMA) in the putative ISG12 gene products, ISG12Δ and ISG12-SΔ. We have determined the prevalence of the deletion ISG12Δ in normal and neoplastic cells. Homozygosity ISG12(0/0) and ISG12(Δ/Δ), and heterozygosity ISG12(0/Δ) were found, although the ISG12(Δ/Δ) genotype was rare. In heterozygous cells from cytobrush material with neoplastic lesions, we found a preference for expression of the ISG12(0) allele
Original languageEnglish
JournalBBA General Subjects
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2003

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