Genomic organization of the gene coding for TIRC7, a novel membrane protein essential for T cell activation

Genomics. 1999 May 1;57(3):398-406. doi: 10.1006/geno.1999.5751.


A novel human membrane protein, TIRC7, was recently identified and demonstrated to be essential in T cell activation. Here we report on the genomic organization of the TIRC7 gene, which is composed of 15 exons and spans 7.9 kb. The seven predicted transmembrane-spanning domains of the TIRC7 protein coincide well with exon-intron boundaries. TIRC7 and OC116, a recently described putative subunit of the vacuolar proton pump that was demonstrated to be expressed in an osteoclastoma tumor as well as in a human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line, are demonstrated to be alternative transcripts of the same gene. OC116 consists of 20 exons with the last 14 introns and exons being identical with those of TIRC7. The chromosomal locus for both transcripts was identified on chromosome 11q13.4-q13.5. In human alloactivated T lymphocytes, mRNA expression of TIRC7, but not OC116, is demonstrated, indicating that OC116 is not involved in regular T cell proliferation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 11*
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Gene Expression
  • Humans
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Subunits*
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proton Pumps / genetics
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology*
  • Vacuolar Proton-Translocating ATPases*


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Protein Subunits
  • Proteins
  • Proton Pumps
  • TCIRG1 protein, human
  • proton pump polypeptide 116K
  • Vacuolar Proton-Translocating ATPases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF033033