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Kelsall SR, LeFur N, Mintz B
Qualitative and quantitative catalog of tyrosinase alternative transcripts in normal murine skin melanocytes as a basis for detecting melanoma-specific changes
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1997) 236:173-177.
The decline in cell differentiation commonly associated with malignant progression may be due in part to an increase in alternative splicing of the pre-mRNAs of tissue-specific genes. As a necessary basis for investigating this possibility in a murine model of cutaneous melanoma, the complete qualitative and quantitative inventory of alternative transcripts was sought for the tyrosinase gene in normal mouse skin melanocytes, as this gene plays a key role in melanization. Of 111 alternative mRNAs predicted from known splice sites in the gene, 19 isoforms were detected, and their abundances determined, through a systematized protocol involving splice junction-specific probes, exon-specific restriction enzymes, and quantitative RT-PCR with an RNA internal standard, No unpredicted tyrosinase transcripts were discovered. Two of the transcripts, each involving an intra-exonic deletion and present at relatively low abundance in normal skin, were subsequently found to be consistently upregulated in melanomas. (C) 1997 Academic Press.
MeSH terms
gene mouse tyrosinase
Publication Date: 1997-07-09.
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