Lysozyme G Like Protein 1 (LYG1)
, Belongs to the glycosyl hydrolase 23 family. The lysozyme g gene structure has been largely conserved during vertebrate evolution, except at the 5' end of the gene, which varies in number of exons. The expression pattern of the lysozyme g gene varies between species. The fish lysozyme g sequences, unlike bird and mammalian lysozyme g sequences, do not predict a signal peptide, suggesting that the encoded proteins are not secreted. The fish sequences also do not conserve cysteine residues that generate disulfide bridges in the secreted bird enzymes, supporting the hypothesis that the fish enzymes have an intracellular function. The signal peptide found in bird and mammalian lysozyme g genes may have been acquired as an exon in the ancestor of birds and mammals, or, alternatively, an exon encoding the signal peptide has been lost in fish.