Family of retrovirus-associated DNA sequences (ras) originally isolated from harvey (h-ras, ha-ras, rash) and kirsten (k-ras, ki-ras, rask) murine sarcoma viruses. Ras genes are widely conserved among animal species and sequences corresponding to both h-ras and k-ras genes have been detected in human, avian, murine, and non-vertebrate genomes. The closely related n-ras gene has been detected in human neuroblastoma and sarcoma cell lines. All genes of the family have a similar exon-intron structure and each encodes a p21 protein.

(12 Dec 1998)