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A phylogenetically conserved 5-residue thyroid hormone (TH)- binding motif was originally found in a few TH plasma carriers and, more recently, in all known plasma and cell-associated proteins interacting with TH as well as in proteins involved in iodide uptake. Minor variations of the motif were found, depending on the particular class of those proteins. Since thyroglobulin (Tg) is the protein matrix for TH synthesis starting from iodination of a selected number of tyrosines (to form first monoiodotyrosine (MIT) and diiodotyrosine (DIT) and then T3 and T4), we hypothesized that by searching the presence of perfect or imperfect versions of that motif in two Tg species (human and murine) in which the iodinated tyrosines and pattern of iodotyrosine/iodothyronine formation are known, we could have found relevant explanations. Explanations, which are not furnished by the simple possession of tyrosine-iodination motifs and sequence of the iodination motif, concern why only some (but not other) tyrosine residues in one species are iodinated and why they have a particular iodination pattern. In this bioinformatics study, we provide such explanations.