Molecular characterisation and expression of CD4 in two distantly related marsupials

The gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) and tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)

Louise G. Duncan, Sham V. Nair, Elizabeth M. Deane*

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Abstract

The gene and corresponding cDNA for CD4 in the gray short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica, and the cDNA sequence for CD4 in the tammar wallaby, Macropus eugenii, have been characterised. The opossum CD4 homolog reveals conserved synteny, preserved genomic organisation and analogous structural arrangement to human and mouse CD4. Opossum and tammar CD4 exhibit typical eutherian CD4 features including the highly conserved p56lck binding motif in the cytoplasmic region and the invariant cysteine residues in extracellular domains 1 and 4. Interestingly, the marsupial CD4 sequences substitute a tryptophan for the first cysteine in domain 2 negating the formation of a disulphide bond as seen in other eutherian CD4 sequences except human and mouse. Overall the marsupial CD4 sequences share amino acid identity of 59% to each other and 37-41% with eutherian mammals. However, in contrast to eutherian homologs, the marsupial CD4 sequences were found to be truncated at the terminal end of the cytoplasmic tail. This is the first report confirming the presence of CD4 in a marsupial and describing its key features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3641-3652
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Immunology
Volume44
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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