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S2, with the putative PDZbinding site in green (This figure is adapted from Ref. , 73% and 60%, respectively, between human and mouse) [5]. , 17% amino acid identity compared to 26% overall identity between human prominin-1 and prominin-2; see Fig. 1) [6, 10]. Moreover this domain is encoded by only two exons, whereas up to four may be involved in the case of prominin-1. , unpublished data). , Meleagris gallopavo, Gallus gallus breed, Anolis carolinensis, Chrysemys picta) (not shown) and more divergent in the amphibian Xenopus laevis [11].

Such a pro-apoptotic effect has not been observed in other heterologous systems overexpressing mouse or rat prominin-2 [5, 18], although it was not specifically addressed in these studies, and should therefore be considered with caution until confirmation. 3 Prominin-2 and Cancer Data regarding the expression of prominin-2 in cancer are scarce and preliminary. Expressed sequence tag clones deposited in the GenBank database indicate that prominin-2 may be expressed in tumors of the breast, lung, tongue, and nervous system [5] (data not shown).

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