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Structure of the alpha-fetoprotein gene in the mouse.

  • Author(s): Gorin, MB
  • Tilghman, SM
  • et al.

The mouse alpha-fetoprotein mRNA is the product of a single-copy gene whose mRNA coding sequences are represented discontinuously in the genome. Several EcoRI genomic fragments which contain portions of the alpha-fetoprotein gene have been cloned using the EK2 vector lambda gt WES . lambda B. In addition, a mouse genomic library has been screened to obtain a 15.75-kilobase segment of DNA that includes more than 85% of the alpha-fetoprotein coding sequence. Analyses by restriction endonuclease mapping and electron microscopy showed that the mRNA sequence is interrupted by at least 11 intervening sequences which occupy 90% of the cloned DNA.

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