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Gene January 4, 2000; 241 (1): 35-43.

cDNA cloning and developmental expression of cellular nucleic acid-binding protein (CNBP) gene in Xenopus laevis.

De Dominicis A , Lotti F , Pierandrei-Amaldi P , Cardinali B .

The cloning and sequencing of a cDNA corresponding to one of the two Xenopus cellular nucleic acid binding protein (CNBP) genes are presented. Comparison of this cDNA sequence (xCNBP2) with the other previously reported (xCNBP1) reveals that, while the cDNA sequences are somewhat divergent, the amino acid sequences are mostly unchanged. It has been determined that both gene copies can generate a shorter transcript, likely due to alternative splicing, as previously demonstrated in human cells. The comparison of the cDNA sequences of Xenopus and of other species shows that the missing cDNA tract of Xenopus does not coincide with the others, consistent with the utilization of different splicing donor sites. The two gene copies are expressed at comparable levels, since the two corresponding mRNAs are similarly represented both in oocyte and embryo poly(A)(+) RNA. However, the shorter CNBP transcripts are slightly less represented than the longer CNBP transcripts, in both the oocyte and embryo. CNBP mRNA accumulation during development decreases before the mid-blastula stage and increases again thereafter. The polysome association of CNBP mRNA and the binding activity of CNBP to its target sequence of ribosomal protein mRNA 5''UTR have been analysed during development.

PubMed ID: 10607896
Article link: Gene

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: cnbp