The amino acid sequence of Fuc-TIX is very highly conserved between mouse and human. The number of non-synonymous nucleotide substitutions of the Fuc-TIX gene between human and mouse was strikingly low, and almost equivalent to that of the α-actin gene. This indicates that Fuc-TIX is under a strong selective pressure of preservation during evolution. The human Fuc-TIX (hFuc-TIX) showed a unique characteristics, i.e. hFuc-TIX was not activated by Mn2+ and Co2+, whereas hFuc-TIV and hFuc-TVI were activated by the cations. The hFuc-TIX transcripts were abundantly expressed in brain and stomach, and interestingly were detected in spleen and peripheral blood leukocytes. Copyright (C) 1999 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
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