Structural comparison and chromosomal localization of the human and mouse IL-13 genes

A. N.J. McKenzie, X. Li, D. A. Largaespada, A. Sato, A. Kaneda, S. M. Zurawski, E. L. Doyle, A. Milatovich, U. Francke, N. G. Copeland, N. A. Jenkins, G. Zurawski

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The genomic structure of the recently described cytokine IL-13 has been determined for both human and mouse genes. The nucleotide sequence of a 4.6-kb DNA segment of the human gene is described. The human IL-13 gene (IL13) occurs as a single copy in the haploid genome and maps to human chromosome 5. A 4.3-kb DNA fragment of the mouse IL-13 gene (Il13) has been sequenced and found to occur as a single copy, mapping to mouse chromosome 11. Intrachromosomal mapping studies revealed that both genes contain four exons and three introns and show a high degree of sequence identity throughout their length. Potential recognition sequences for transcription factors that are present in the 5†-flanking region and are conserved between both genes include IFN-responsive elements, binding sites for AP-1, AP-2 and AP-3, an NF-IL 6 site, and a TATA-like sequence. Both genes map to chromosomal locations adjacent to genes encoding other cytokines, including IL-3, GM-CSF, IL-5, and IL-4, suggesting that IL-13 is another member of this cytokine gene family that may have arisen by gene duplication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5436-5444
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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