, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 221–229

Linkage of a new member of the lectin supergene family to chicken Mhc genes

  • Alain Bernot
  • Rima Zoorob
  • Charles Auffray
Original Articles


With the use of tissue-specific cDNA probes, several genes, which do not correspond to the class I (B-F), class II (B-L), or class IV (B-G) genes, were detected within the cosmid clusters containing the chicken major histocompatibility genes. We isolated cDNA clones with a probe corresponding to one of them, the 17.5 gene, located between two class I genes. The 17.5.3 cDNA, isolated from a chicken spleen cDNA library, encodes a 257-residue-long protein. This sequence shows significant similarity with several members of the C-type animal lectin superfamily and is probably a type II transmembrane protein. Analysis of several cDNA clones, together with Southern blot experiments, strongly suggest that this gene belongs to a multigene family, with at least some of its members being polymorphic. Several arguments lend support to the possibility that, together with the linked Mhc genes, the 17.5 gene is part of the recently described Rfp-Y system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Bernot
    • 1
  • Rima Zoorob
    • 1
  • Charles Auffray
    • 1
  1. 1.UPR 420, Génétique Moléculaire et Biologie du Développement 7CNRSVillejuif CedexFrance

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