We isolated cDNAs encoding xanthine dehydrogenase (XD; xanthine:NAD+ oxidoreductase, EC 184.108.40.206) from a human liver cDNA library. The complete nucleotide sequence of human XD was determined; the deduced amino acid sequence encoded a protein of 1336 amino acid residues of Mr 147,782. Human XD possessed many of the signature sequences typical of XDs from flies and rodents, including an unusual cysteine distribution, a potential 2Fe/2S binding site, and a putative molybdopterin cofactor binding domain. Analysis of potential NAD binding sites suggested a simple hypothesis for the conversion of human XD into the oxygen metabolite forming xanthine oxidase (XO; xanthine:oxygen oxidoreductase, EC 220.127.116.11). Using a human XD complementary RNA hybridization probe, we found a 5100-base RNA in human liver by RNA blot-hybridization analysis. This RNA exhibited tissue-specific distribution that may be pertinent to XD- and XO-mediated oxygen radical injury in ischemia/reperfusion and inflammation. A second 4500-base RNA was detected in some tissues and may arise through differential transcription termination.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Nov 15 1993|
- Oxidative injury
- Oxygen radicals
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