Identification of two new exons and multiple transcription start points in the 5'-untranslated region of the human cathepsin-B-encoding gene.


Transcripts for cysteine protease cathepsin B (CTSB) were found to be highly variable in the 5'-UTR (untranslated region). In cDNA clones from a human gastric adenocarcinoma cDNA library, we have identified two new exons (designated 2a and 2b) between exons 2 and 3 in the 5'-UTR of the gene. All of the exons of the 5'-UTR could be alternatively spliced to… (More)