Localization of human adenosine deaminase (ADA) gene sequences to the q12→q13.11 region of chromosome 20 by in situ hybridization

Jhanwar, S.C.; Berkvens, T.M.; Breukel, C.; van Ormondt, H.; Van der Eb, A.J.; Khan, M

Cytogenetic and Genome Research 50(2-3): 168-171


ISSN/ISBN: 1424-8581
DOI: 10.1159/000132752
Accession: 062050408

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The gene for human adenosine deaminase (ADA), an enzyme constitutively expressed in all tissues investigated so far and deficient in some cases of severe combined immune deficiency, was previously assigned to chromosome 20 by syntenic analysis, using somatic cell hybrids and quantitative enzyme studies on patients with chromosome abnormalities. Attempts at regional localization of ADA through indirect approaches have so far resulted in uncertainties, as well as apparent inconsistencies. In situ hybridization of high-resolution somatic and pachytene chromosomes using a 3H-labeled cDNA probe of the ADA gene localized the gene to 20q12----q13.11. Rearrangements involving this region have been reported in various human hematological malignancies; in this regard, possible implications of the physical proximity of the ADA gene locus to that of SRC, an oncogene previously localized to the same region of chromosome 20, are briefly discussed.