Author(s): Michaille JJ, Couble P, Prudhomme JC, Garel A
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Abstract The sericins are a family of major cocoon proteins specifically synthesized in the middle silk gland of the silkworm Bombyx mori. The 5' part of one sericin gene had been cloned and described by Okamoto et al. (1982, J. Biol. Chem. 257, 15192-15199). Using a differential screening procedure of Bombyx genomic libraries, we obtained the 3' part of this gene. We demonstrate that it consists of a single gene extending over 24 kb, present in two allelic forms in hybrid strains. This gene encodes for four mRNAs which result from a unique transcript by an alternative splicing mechanism. This explains, at least partially, the diversity of the sericins found in the cocoon.
This article was published in Biochimie
and referenced in Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability