The novel gene encoding Clone 4, previously isolated through the Serological screening of recombinant expression cDNA library (SEREX) in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), was characterized. It is localized to chromosome 7 at q22, occupies approximately 4.5 kb of DNA and comprises 4 exons. Three single nucleotide polymorphisms and a 13 base deletion/insertion polymorphism have been identified. The mRNA transcript was approximately 2.4 kb and contained a long 5'-untranslated region of almost 1 kb before the candidate open reading frame. Northern blot analysis and multiple tissue expression array indicated a restricted normal tissue distribution. Our findings provide a platform for future investigations into the role of the gene product in CML.