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Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2000 Apr 02;2701:34-9. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.2000.2379.
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Molecular cloning and characterization of Xenopus RGS5.

Saitoh O , Odagiri M , Masuho I , Nomoto S , Kinoshita N .

We identified six genes that encode putative RGS proteins (XRGSI-VI) in developing Xenopus embryos using PCR amplification with degenerate primers corresponding to the conserved region (RGS domain) of known RGS proteins. RT-PCR analysis revealed that mRNAs of these XRGSs are differentially expressed during embryogenesis. At stage 1, only XRGSII mRNA was detected. On the other hand, expression of XRGSVI mRNA increased apparently at stage 14 and expression of three of other XRGS (III, IV, V) elevated between stage 25 and 40. To further characterize XRGS proteins expressed in Xenopus embryos, we isolated a cDNA clone for XRGSIII. Based on determined nucleotide sequence, XRGSIII was considered as a Xenopus homologue of mammalian RGS5 (XRGS5). Genetic analysis using the pheromone response halo assay showed that expression of XRGS5 inhibits yeast response to alpha-factor, suggesting that XRGS5 negatively regulates the G-protein-mediated signaling pathway in developing Xenopus embryos.

PubMed ID: 10733901
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: myc rgs1 rgs2 rgs3 rgs4 rgs5 rgs6 rgs8

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