A 1.8-kb cDNA encoding portion of a novel collagenous chain was isolated from a human rhabdomyosarcoma cell line by cross-hybridization using a chicken type V collagen probe. Sequence analysis suggests that this chain belongs to the recently discovered group of collagens, termed the FACIT class of macromolecules. This cDNA was used to locate the corresponding gene (D6S228E) to chromosome 6, notably at position 6q12-q14. Interestingly, within this region of human chromosome 6 resides the α1(IX) collagen gene (COL9A1), a member of the FACIT group.
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