Characterization of a highly conserved human homolog to the chicken neural cell surface protein Bravo/Nr-CAM that maps to chromosome band 7q31

Genomics. 1996 Aug 1;35(3):456-65. doi: 10.1006/geno.1996.0385.


The neuronal cell adhesion molecule Bravo/Nr-CAM is a cell surface protein of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily and is closely related to the L1/NgCAM and neurofascin molecules, all of which contain six immunoglobulin domains, five fibronectin repeats, a transmembrane region, and an intracellular domain. Chicken Bravo/Nr-CAM has been shown to interact with other cell surface molecules of the Ig superfamily and has been implicated in specific pathfinding roles of axonal growth cones in the developing nervous system. We now report the characterization of cDNA clones encoding the human Bravo/Nr-CAM protein, which, like its chicken homolog, is composed of six V-like Ig domains and five fibronectin type III repeats. The human Bravo/Nr-CAM homolog also contains a transmembrane and intracellular domain, both of which are 100% conserved at the amino acid level compared to its chicken homolog. Overall, the human Bravo/Nr-CAM homolog is 82% identical to the chicken Bravo/Nr-CAM amino acid sequence. Independent cDNAs encoding four different isoforms were also identified, all of which contain alternatively spliced variants around the fifth fibronectin type III repeat, including one isoform that had been previously identified for chicken Bravo/Nr-CAM. Northern blot analysis reveals one mRNA species of approximately 7.0 kb in adult human brain tissue. Fluorescence in situ hybridization maps the gene for human Bravo/Nr-CAM to human chromosome 7q31.1-q31.2. This chromosomal locus has been previously identified as containing a tumor suppressor candidate gene commonly deleted in certain human cancer tissues.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Avian Proteins*
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / chemistry
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / genetics*
  • Chickens
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7*
  • Conserved Sequence*
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Down Syndrome / genetics
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Avian Proteins
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • DNA, Complementary
  • NRCAM protein, Gallus gallus
  • NRCAM protein, human

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U55258