Published in Hepatitis Weekly, June 6th, 2005
"Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is produced abundantly in fetal liver but is hardly detectable in adults. In this study, we investigated two unrelated Japanese families with hereditary persistence of AFP," scientists in Japan report.
"A g->a substitution at nucleotide -119 (-119g->a) in the hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF)-1 binding site of the AFP promoter was identified in both families. The activity of the wild- or variant-type human AFP promoter was evaluated by in vitro and in vivo transfection experiments. This substitution in the AFP promoter significantly stimulated its...
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