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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2001 Feb 23;281(2):431-9.

Genomic organization and tissue-specific expression of splice variants of mouse organic anion transporting polypeptide 2.

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Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66160-7417, USA.


cDNAs that code for mouse organic anion transporting polypeptide 2 (oatp2) have been cloned. At least three forms of mouse oatp2 cDNAs containing the same coding sequence were isolated. The common coding sequence is for a protein of 670 amino acids with 12 putative transmembrane domains. The deduced amino acid sequence of the mouse oatp2 shares 89% identity with the reported rat oatp2. Cloning and analysis of mouse oatp2 gene indicates that these isoforms are alternatively spliced products from the same gene. Heterogeneity was observed in the 5'-untranslated region of the cDNAs. Two of the three isoforms lacked the noncoding exon 3 sequence. Northern-blot hybridization analysis using the exon 3-specific probes demonstrated that mouse oatp2 mRNA containing exon 3 sequence is expressed in heart and lung, whereas exon 1-, 2-, and 17-specific probes detected mRNA only in brain and liver. The mouse oatp2 gene consists of 17 exons, including three noncoding exons, and 16 introns. All of the introns are flanked by GT-AG splice sequences except for intron 10 that is flanked by GC-AG splice sequence.

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