Molecular Cloning of Disintegrin-like Transcript BA-5A from a Bitis arietans Venom Gland cDNA Library: A Putative Intermediate in the Evolution of the Long-Chain Disintegrin Bitistatin

Abstract

We report the cloning and sequence analysis of BA-5A from a venom gland cDNA library of the puff adder, Bitis arietans, that encodes a novel ECD-disintegrin-like domain. BA-5A is a unique PII disintegrin. It contains the 16 cysteine residues that are conserved in all known disintegrin-like domains of ADAM proteins and snake venom metalloproteinases but… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00239-005-0268-z

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