Cavenagh MM, Breiner M, Schurmann A, Rosenwald AG, Terui T, Zhang C, Randazzo PA, Adams M, Joost HG, Kahn RA

ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF)-like 3, a new member of the ARF family of GTP-binding proteins cloned from human and rat tissues.

The Journal of biological chemistry. 1994-07-22; 269.29: 18937-42.

The human and rat homologues of a new member of the ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF) family of 21-kDa GTP-binding proteins, termed Arl3, were identified as an expressed sequence tag (human) and as a product of polymerase chain reaction amplification using degenerate probes derived from conserved sequences in members of the ARF family (rat). Alignments of the full-length open reading frames of the human and rat homologues revealed the encoded proteins to be over 97% identical to each other and 43% identical to human ARF1. Northern blots of mRNA from seven human tissues and four rat tissues revealed the presence of a ubiquitous band of about 1 kilobase in length that hybridized with the corresponding Arl3 probes. A number of human tumor cell lines expressed Arl3, as determined by immunoblotting with an Arl-specific antibody, raised against a peptide derived from the human Arl3 sequence. The level of Arl3 expressed in these cell lines was on the order of 0.01% of total cell protein. Purified recombinant human Arl3 was shown to bind guanine nucleotides but lacks ARF activity and intrinsic or ARF GTPase-activating protein-stimulated GTPase activity. In contrast to ARF proteins, the Arl3 protein has reduced dependence on phospholipids and magnesium for guanine nucleotide exchange. Thus, Arl3 is a ubiquitously expressed GTP-binding protein in the ARF family with distinctive biochemical properties consistent with its having unique, but unknown, role(s) in cell physiology.

PMID: 8034651