Structure of the Rat Gene Encoding Cholesterol 7 α-Hydroxylase

Diane F. Jelinek, David W. Russell

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Cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (7α-hydroxylase) is a microsomal cytochrome P-450 that catalyzes the first and ratelimiting step in bile acid biosynthesis, the major catabolic pathway in cholesterol homeostasis. The gene encoding the rat 7α-hydroxylase has been isolated and characterized. Southern blotting experiments demonstrated that the gene is present in a single copy in the rat genome. DNA sequence analysis showed that the 7α-hydroxylase gene is unique among the characterized cytochrome P-450s in that it contains only six exons. Nuclease S1 and primer-extension mapping experiments positioned the 5′-ends of the 7α-hydroxylase mRNA approximately 20-25 nucleotides downstream of a consensus TATAAA sequence. RNA blotting experiments demonstrated the presence of multiple 7α-hydroxylase mRNAs that differ in the lengths of their 3′-untranslated regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7781-7785
Number of pages5
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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