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Isolation of a cDNA corresponding to a developmentally regulated transcript in rat intestine.

Filmus J., Church J.G., Buick R.N.

We report the isolation of a cDNA clone corresponding to a transcript that is accumulated differentially in rat intestine during development. Clone OCI-5 was selected from the rat intestinal cell line IEC-18, which represents primitive intestinal epithelial crypt cells. Expression was high in rat fetal intestine between 15 and 19 days of development and thereafter was progressively down regulated, becoming undetectable after weaning. Clone OCI-5 detected homologous sequences in human and murine cells. In particular, a high level of expression was detected in CaCo-2, a human colon carcinoma cell line, which is known to express molecules characteristic of fetal small intestinal cells. Expression of a homologous gene was also detected in F9 murine teratocarcinoma cells when they were induced to differentiate into parietal or visceral endodermlike cells. When IEC-18 cells were transformed by activated H-ras or v-src genes, expression of clone OCI-5 was suppressed; the degree of down-regulation correlated with the extent of morphological change induced in the transformed IEC-18 cells. The sequence of clone OCI-5 showed an open reading frame that was capable of encoding a protein of 597 amino acids, but no strong homology was found with any of the proteins registered in the protein sequence data base.

Mol. Cell. Biol. 8:4243-4249(1988) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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