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Phylogenetic analysis of promoter regions of human Dolichol kinase (DOLK) and orthologous genes using bioinformatics tools

The Dolichol kinase (DOLK) gene encodes the polytopic DOLK protein associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) N-glycosylation pathway catalyzing the final step in the biosynthesis of dolichol phosphate. Dolichol phosphate is an oligosaccharide carrier required for N-glycosylation of DOLK protein, with its deficiency leading to a severe hypo glycosylation phenotype in humans which can cause congenital disorders of glycosylation and death in early infancy. The aim of the present study is to identify the phylogenetic relationship between human and ortholog species based on their conserved sequences in DOLK gene.