Tryptase 4, a new member of the chromosome 17 family of mouse serine proteases

J Biol Chem. 2001 Jun 8;276(23):20648-58. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M010422200. Epub 2001 Mar 20.


Genomic blot analysis raised the possibility that uncharacterized tryptase genes reside on chromosome 17 at the complex containing the three genes that encode mouse mast cell protease (mMCP) 6, mMCP-7, and transmembrane tryptase (mTMT). Probing of GenBank's expressed sequence tag data base with these three tryptase cDNAs resulted in the identification of an expressed sequence tag that encodes a portion of a novel mouse serine protease (now designated mouse tryptase 4 (mT4) because it is the fourth member of this family). 5'- and 3'-rapid amplification of cDNA ends approaches were carried out to deduce the nucleotide sequence of the full-length mT4 transcript. This information was then used to clone its approximately 5.0-kilobase pair gene. Chromosome mapping analysis of its gene, sequence analysis of its transcript, and comparative protein structure modeling of its translated product revealed that mT4 is a new member of the chromosome 17 family of mouse tryptases. mT4 is 40-44% identical to mMCP-6, mMCP-7, and mTMT, and this new serine protease has all of the structural features of a functional tryptase. Moreover, mT4 is enzymatically active when expressed in insect cells. Due to its 17-mer hydrophobic domain at its C terminus, mT4 is a membrane-anchored tryptase more analogous to mTMT than the other members of its family. As assessed by RNA blot, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and/or in situ hybridization analysis, mT4 is expressed in interleukin-5-dependent mouse eosinophils, as well as in ovaries and testes. The observation that recombinant mT4 is preferentially retained in the endoplasmic reticulum of transiently transfected COS-7 cells suggests a convertase-like role for this integral membrane serine protease.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Exons
  • GPI-Linked Proteins
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Introns
  • Mice
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Serine Endopeptidases / chemistry
  • Serine Endopeptidases / genetics*
  • Serine Endopeptidases / isolation & purification


  • DNA, Complementary
  • GPI-Linked Proteins
  • Prss21 protein, mouse
  • Serine Endopeptidases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF176209
  • GENBANK/AF226710