The products of five distinct loci, Egf, Tgfa, Areg, Btc, and Hegfl act as ligands for the epidermal growth factor receptor. Egf and Tgfa have previously been mapped to mouse chromosomes 3 and 6, respectively, hut the mouse chromosomal locations of Areg, Btc, and Hegfl have not been reported. Here, we show that Areg and Btc are tightly linked on mouse chromosome 5, while Hegfl maps to mouse chromosome 18. We also provide evidence that a putative sixth family member, Sdgf, is in fact a species variant of Areg. These results confirm and extend known relationships between mouse and human chromosomes, and they also provide new information regarding the evolution of this important gene family.
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