The genes of the lysosomal cysteine proteinases cathepsin B, H, L, and S map to different mouse chromosomes

Mamm Genome. 1997 Apr;8(4):241-5. doi: 10.1007/s003359900401.


The mouse genes for the lysosomal cysteine proteinases cathepsin B, H, L, and S were mapped to Chromosomes (Chrs) 14, 9, 13, and 3, respectively. Two of the DNA probes used in this study detected an additional, independently segregating locus. The cathepsin B-specific probe hybridized to a locus on Chr 2, and the cathepsin H probe to a locus on the X Chr. These loci either correspond to pseudogenes or to cathepsin B- and cathepsin H-related genes. The four cysteine proteinases mapped in this study lie within known regions of conserved synteny between mouse and human chromosomes, when compared with the corresponding positions of their human homologs. Assuming that the genes of the cysteine proteinase gene family arose from a common ancestral gene, our results suggest that these four cysteine proteinases had been dispersed over different chromosomes before separation of mouse and human in evolution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cathepsin B / genetics
  • Cathepsin H
  • Cathepsin L
  • Cathepsins / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / genetics*
  • Endopeptidases*
  • Humans
  • Lysosomes / enzymology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred DBA
  • Mice, Inbred Strains


  • Cathepsins
  • Endopeptidases
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases
  • Cathepsin B
  • CTSL protein, human
  • Cathepsin L
  • Ctsl protein, mouse
  • CTSH protein, human
  • Cathepsin H
  • Ctsh protein, mouse
  • cathepsin S