Identification and sequence analysis of four complement factor H-related transcripts in mouse liver

J Biol Chem. 1990 Feb 25;265(6):3193-201.


Mouse liver RNA analyzed by Northern blotting with a full-length complement factor H cDNA probe demonstrates the 4.4-kilobase (kb) H mRNA as well as three additional hybridizing species of 3.5, 2.8, and 1.8 kb, respectively. Further characterization of these alternative transcripts was pursued by isolation of additional cDNAs from a liver library using a full-length H probe. Twelve clones homologous to but distinct from H were isolated, analyzed by restriction mapping, and divided into four classes, A, B, C, and D, based on their sequences. Clones from classes A, B, and C all contained nearly identical 5'-untranslated regions and leader sequences that differed from H at more than 50% of their nucleotide positions. The 5'-untranslated and leader sequences of the class D clone were unrelated to the corresponding regions of H or the class A, B, or C clones. The remaining portions of the H-related cDNAs were made up of short consensus repeats, 7 in class A, 4 in class B, 13 in class C, and 5 in class D. To determine the relationship between the H-related transcripts and the cDNA clones, Northern blots of liver RNA were analyzed by hybridization with two probes, one specific for the class D cDNA and the other reacting specifically with the class A, B, and C cDNAs. The class A/B/C probe detected transcripts of 3.5, 2.8, and 1.8 kb in liver RNA, and the class D probe hybridized to a distinct 1.8-kb message. Additionally, a cosmid genomic library was screened with H cDNA, and nine H-related clones were isolated. They spanned a region of approximately 120 kb, defining at least two discrete H-related gene loci. These results identify new members of the super-family of C3b/C4b binding protein genes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Complement C3b Inactivator Proteins / genetics*
  • Complement Factor H
  • Cosmids
  • DNA Probes
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Weight
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / isolation & purification
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / isolation & purification
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic*


  • Complement C3b Inactivator Proteins
  • DNA Probes
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA
  • Complement Factor H

Associated data

  • GENBANK/J05259