We report the cloning and sequencing of a full-length cDNA encoding a new member of the human IFI54 (HGMW-approved symbol IFIT2) gene family, designated IFI60 (HGMW-approved symbol IFIT4). The upstream regulatory region of IFI60 shows conservation in structure with that of the IFI54 and IFI56 (HGMW-approved symbol IFIT1) genes, each containing two interferon-stimulated response elements upstream of a conserved TATA box. We have established a partial gene map of the IFI54 gene family by analysis of YAC library clones. All four members of the human family are clustered together at chromosome 10q23.3. It is proposed that the four members of the IFI54 gene family evolved by a series of duplication events from a common gene of origin.
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