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Volume 360, Issue 3 p. 223-226
Research letter
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The sequence of a cytoplasmic intermediate filament (IF) protein from theannelid Lumbricus terrestris emphasizes a distinctive feature of protostomic IF proteins

First published: March 06, 1995
Citations: 13


The complete cDNA clone for a cytoplasmic intermidiatefilament (IF) protein from the annelid Lumbricus terrestris reported here, shows an extra 42 residues in the coil 1b subdomain of the central rod, as do the IF proteins from nematodes and moluscs. These extra six heptads are also present in all nuclear lamins but not in any known vertebrate cytoplasmic IF protein. Thus, it seems that protostomic metazoa conserve a lamin-like structural element in their cytoplasmic IF proteins, which was lost in the deuterostomic metazoan branch leading to the vertebrates.