Primary sequence of duck metallothionein

Lih Yuan Lin, Li Fan Liu, Ming F.Tam, P. C. Huang, Martha Vestling, Catherine Fenselau

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Only one metallothionein appears in domesticated duck upon zinc induction. The complete amino acid sequence has been elucidated. This metallothionein has the same sequence as the chicken metallothionein, as determined by chemical sequencing of overlapping peptides produced by selective proteinase digestion and confirmed by mass spectrometry. The observation that animals of divergent origins share a common gene product presents an example of extreme conservation of a stress-inducible protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 18 1990


  • (Duck)
  • Amino acid sequence
  • Metallothionein
  • Protein structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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