Genomic imprinting and chromosomal localization of the human MEST gene

Genomics. 1996 Sep 15;36(3):539-42. doi: 10.1006/geno.1996.0502.


We have isolated a human homologue (MEST) of the mouse mesoderm-specific transcript (Mest) gene that shares about 70% nucleotide sequence homology. Northern blot analysis showed that the MEST gene was expressed in all major fetal organs and tissues so far examined, i.e., amnion, brain, heart, lung, stomach, gut, adrenal, kidney, muscle, and liver, which does not contradict with mesoderm-specific expression. MEST was abundantly expressed in hydatidiform moles of androgenetic origin, whereas it was barely detectable in dermoid cysts of parthenogenetic origin. Thus, it seems likely that the MEST gene, mapped to 7q32 by fluorescence in situ hybridization, is maternally repressed as the mouse homologue.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7*
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Genomic Imprinting*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Proteins / genetics*


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Proteins
  • mesoderm specific transcript protein

Associated data

  • GENBANK/D78611
  • GENBANK/Y11534