A new epidermal growth factor-like domain in the human core protein for the large cartilage-specific proteoglycan. Evidence for alternative splicing of the domain. Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of cDNA clones for the human core protein of the large cartilage-specific proteoglycan was isolated. Nucleotide sequencing of the clones provided over 2 kilobases of new coding sequences for the human protein. Comparison with published data for cDNA clones covering the same region in rat and chick indicated that domain 8, the lectin-like domain, is highly conserved among species. In contrast, domain 7 is poorly conserved among species. Some of the cDNA clones also contained an additional structural domain between domains 7 and 8 which was not described in the rat or chick sequences. The additional domain of 38 amino acids was highly homologous to epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like sequences seen in other proteins. Because some cDNA clones contained codons for the EGF-like domain and some did not, the results suggested that the EGF-like domain underwent alternative RNA splicing. To confirm alternative splicing of the EGF-like domain, RNA from cartilage cells was used as a template for the polymerase chain reaction. Products of two sizes were obtained. One had the size predicted for mRNA containing the domain and the other had the size predicted for mRNA not containing the domain. Alternative splicing of an EGF-like domain may provide a mechanism of feedback regulation for both the biosynthetic activity and the proliferation of cartilage cells.

published proceedings

  • J Biol Chem

author list (cited authors)

  • Baldwin, C. T., Reginato, A. M., & Prockop, D. J

citation count

  • 80

complete list of authors

  • Baldwin, CT||Reginato, AM||Prockop, DJ

publication date

  • September 1989