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DM20 mRNA splice product of the myelin proteolipid protein gene is expressed in the murine heart



DM20 mRNA splice product of the myelin proteolipid protein gene is expressed in the murine heart



Journal of Neuroscience Research 33(1): 148-155



Northern blot analysis of poly A(+) RNA isolated from mouse heart revealed the expression of 3.3 and 2.4 kb mRNAs that hybridized with a cDNA for the mouse proteolipid protein (PLP). In order to examine the relationship of these RNAs to the myelin PLP/DM20 mRNAs, a mouse heart cDNA library was prepared and screened with a mouse PLP cDNA. A cDNA was isolated, sequenced, and found to encode the DM20 variant of PLP. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of heart cDNA with three sets of primers confirmed the presence of DM20 mRNA in mouse heart and indicated that it is the major splice product of the PLP gene expressed in that tissue. In situ hybridization localized the expression of the DM20 mRNA to the myocardial cells. Northern blot analysis indicated that expression of the DM20 mRNA is developmentally regulated in the murine heart, increasing significantly in concentration after 12 days postpartum. Northern analysis also revealed the expression of the DM20 mRNA in the hearts of the jimpy and quaking mutants. These results indicate that the PLP gene is expressed in tissues other than brain and support the concept that products of the PLP gene may have some biological role other than as structural components of myelin.

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DOI: 10.1002/jnr.490330119


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