Krisa Van Meurs

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  • MULTIPLE FORMS OF G0-ALPHA MESSENGER-RNA - ANALYSIS OF THE 3'-UNTRANSLATED REGIONS BIOCHEMISTRY Price, S. R., Murtagh, J. J., Tsuchiya, M., SERVENTI, I. M., VanMeurs, K. P., Angus, C. W., Moss, J., Vaughan, M. 1990; 29 (21): 5069-5076


    Go, a guanine nucleotide binding protein found predominantly in neural tissues, interacts in vitro with rhodopsin, muscarinic, and other receptors and has been implicated in the regulation of ion channels. Despite the virtual identity of reported cDNA sequences for the alpha subunit of Go (Go alpha), multiple molecular weight forms of mRNA have been identified in tissues from all species examined. To investigate the molecular basis for the size heterogeneity of Go alpha mRNAs, four cDNA clones were isolated from the same retinal lambda gt10 cDNA library that was used earlier to isolate lambda GO9, a clone encompassing the complete coding region of Go alpha. These clones were identified as Go alpha clones based on nucleotide sequence identity with lambda GO9 in the coding region; they diverge, however, from lambda GO9 in the 3'-untranslated region 28 nucleotides past the stop codon. An oligonucleotide probe complementary to a portion of the 3'-untranslated region of lambda GO9 that differs from the newly isolated clones hybridized with 3.0- and 4.0-kb mRNAs present in bovine brain and retina whereas a similar probe for the unique region of the new clones hybridized with a 4.0-kb mRNA in both tissues and with a 2.0-kb mRNA found predominantly in retina. A similar hybridization pattern was observed when brain poly(A+) RNA from other species was hybridized with the different 3'-untranslated region probes. It appears that differences in the 3'-untranslated regions could, in part, be the basis for the observed heterogeneity in Go alpha mRNAs.

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