cDNA cloning and tissue-specific expression of the gene encoding human adenylate kinase isozyme 2

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1998 Jan 7;1395(1):34-9. doi: 10.1016/s0167-4781(97)00193-0.


We isolated two kinds of cDNAs encoding human adenylate kinase (AK) isozyme 2 from a HeLa cell cDNA library using bovine AK2 cDNA as a probe. Nucleotide sequencing revealed that the cDNAs encoded 239- and 232-amino acid proteins with deduced molecular mass of 26.5 (AK2A) and 25.6kDa (AK2B), respectively. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that AK2 mRNA is strongly expressed in liver, heart, skeletal muscle and pancreas, and moderately in kidney, placenta and brain, and weakly in lung. However, Western blot analysis showed that AK2 protein was present in large amounts in liver, heart, kidney, and in a small amount in lung, and undetectable in brain and skeletal muscle. These results suggested the presence of the tissue-specific gene-expression including post-transcriptional regulation in expression of the AK2 gene.

MeSH terms

  • Adenylate Kinase / analysis
  • Adenylate Kinase / genetics*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic / physiology*
  • Gene Library
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Isoenzymes / analysis
  • Isoenzymes / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Organ Specificity
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Isoenzymes
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Adenylate Kinase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB005621
  • GENBANK/AB005622