The human S1-5 gene (fibrillin-like; FBNL) was originally isolated from a subtractively enriched cDNA library established from a subject with Werner syndrome (WS). We isolated genomic clones containing the entire S1-5 gene and determined its genomic structure including the exon-intron organization. The gene spanned approximately 18 kb of genomic DNA and consisted of 12 exons. Its expression was abundant in all tissues examined except brain and peripheral leukocytes, where it was undetectable. In addition, we have mapped S1-5 by fluorescence in situ hybridization to chromosome 2p16, a position that excludes it as a candidate for WS. Our data should facilitate an understanding of the function and regulation of S1-5 in human tissues.