Identification of Nash1, a Novel Protein Containing a Nuclear Localization Signal, a Sterile Alpha Motif, and an SH3 Domain Preferentially Expressed in Mast Cells

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2001 Oct 19;288(1):137-41. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.2001.5722.


By using a serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE), we have identified a novel full-length cDNA that is preferentially expressed in human cord blood-derived mast cells. The predicted protein showed unique primary structure with a nuclear localization signal (NLS), a sterile alpha motif (SAM), and a Src homology 3 domain (SH3) (termed Nash1). Nash1 was mapped to human chromosome 21q11.1 and highly expressed in spleen, liver, peripheral blood, and mast cell lines. In consistent with the presence of NLS, Nash1 was localized in the nucleus. Interestingly, screening gene databases for Nash1-related sequences revealed the existence of a Nash1-related gene termed SLY that was preferentially detected in lymphoid cells. We also found at least two additional candidates for this gene family in the database. These findings suggested that Nash1 and Nash1-related proteins consisted of a novel family of signaling/adaptor proteins, and Nash1 might function as a signaling component of mast cells, possibly in the nucleus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Humans
  • Mast Cells / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Localization Signals
  • Nuclear Proteins / chemistry*
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Rats
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Tissue Distribution
  • src Homology Domains


  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • Nuclear Localization Signals
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • SAMSN1 protein, human

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB067679