Intragenic rearrangements in the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6 gene of vertebrates.

Current genetics

PubMedID: 8082208

Moum T, Willassen NP, Johansen S. Intragenic rearrangements in the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6 gene of vertebrates. Curr Genet. 1994;25(6):554-7.
We have sequenced the mitochondrial-encoded NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6 gene from 19 species of birds. Comparison of the derived amino-acid sequences in 22 avian species, six mammals, and two fishes, reveals an intragenic rearrangement in mammals. The C-terminal half of the mammalian protein includes an internal insertion of 10-15 amino acids and a C-terminal deletion of 8-9 amino acids. Based on comparative sequence alignments and hydropathy profile analysis, five hydrophobic segments (designated I to V) corresponding to transmembrane regions are proposed. In this structural model of NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6, the mammalian insertion is found in a variable loop region between transmembrane segments IV and V.