We have isolated a rat intracisternal-A particle element (IAP)-like element (IAP-LE) from ovarian granulosa cells that appears to be identical to the rat EST clone AA964260. The compiled cDNA sequences contain several putative in-frame translation initiation codons with the largest capable of encoding a 365 amino acid protein with a reverse transcriptase domain in the N-terminus as well as a bipartite nuclear localization signal sequence in the middle. Northern blotting shows a major ~7 Kb transcript and a minor ~5 Kb transcript that are abundantly expressed in the ovary. In situ hybridization histochemistry using ovaries from gonadotropin-treated immature rats and regularly cycling adult rats show that this transcript is predominantly localized to granulosa cells of all healthy follicles, including primary follicles, and to newly-formed and healthy corpora lutea. This cell-specific expression pattern of the IAP-LE gene is distinct from those of the several known retroviral elements, suggesting the potentially novel functional importance of the IAP-LE gene. Taken together, our results demonstrate abundant and cell-specific expression of a novel IAP-LE in rat granulosa cells. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Nov 11 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology