Analysis of the structure and expression pattern of MRP7 (ABCC10), a new member of the MRP subfamily

Cancer Lett. 2001 Jan 26;162(2):181-91. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3835(00)00646-7.


The MRP subfamily of ABC transporters currently consists of at least six members, several of which have been demonstrated to transport amphipathic anions and to confer in vitro resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. In searching the data bases we identified the product of a cDNA sequencing project that bears significant similarity to MRP subfamily transporters. In this report the predicted coding sequence, protein product and expression pattern of this cDNA, termed MRP7, are analyzed. The MRP7 cDNA sequence encodes a 1492 amino acid ABC transporter whose structural architecture resembles that of MRP1, MRP2, MRP3, and MRP6, in that its transmembrane helices are arranged in three membrane spanning domains. However, in contrast to the latter transporters, a conserved N-linked glycosylation site is not found at the N-terminus of MRP7. Comparisons of the MRP7 amino acid sequence indicated that while it is most closely related to other MRP subfamily members, its degree of relatedness is the lowest of any of the known MRP-related transporters. The integrity of the predicted MRP7 coding sequence was confirmed by the synthesis of an approximately 158 kDa protein in reticulocyte lysates programmed with the MRP7 cDNA. While MRP7 transcript was detected in a variety of tissues by RT/PCR, it was not readily detectable by RNA blot analysis, suggesting that it is expressed at low levels in these tissues. Fluorescence in situ hybridization indicated that MRP7 maps to chromosome 6p12-21, in proximity to several genes associated with glutathione conjugation and synthesis. On the basis of these findings and evolutionary cluster analysis, we conclude that MRP7 is a member of the MRP subfamily of amphipathic anion transporters.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / biosynthesis
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / chemistry
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / genetics*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cluster Analysis
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • DNA, Complementary / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger