Human ferritin H and L sequences lie on ten different chromosomes

John R. McGill, Susau L. Naylor, Alan Y. Sakaguchi, Charleen M. Moore, Dana Boyd, Kathleen J. Barrett, Thomas B. Shows, James W. Drysdale

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In humans, the H (heavy) and L (light) chains of the iron-storage protein ferritin, are derived from multigene families. We have examined the chromosomal distribution of these H and L sequences by Southern analysis of hybrid cell DNA and by chrosomal in situ hybridization. Our results show that human ferritin H genes and related sequences are found on at least seven different chromosomes while L genes and related sequences are on at least three different chromosomes. Further, we have mapped the chromosomal location of expressed genes for human H and L ferritin chains and have found an H sequence which may be a useful marker for idiopathic hemochromatosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics


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