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Differentiation. 1992 Dec;52(1):55-60.

Identification of a short nuclear lamin protein selectively expressed during meiotic stages of rat spermatogenesis.

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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Theodor-Boveri-Institute (Biocenter), University of W├╝rzburg, Federal Republic of Germany.


The nuclear lamina is a karyoskeletal structure located at the nuclear periphery and intimately associated with the inner nuclear membrane. It is composed of a multigene family of proteins, the lamins, which show a conspicuous cell type-specific expression pattern. The functional role of lamins has not been definitively established but available information indicates that they are involved in the organization of nuclear envelope and interphase chromatin. Spermatogenesis is characterized, among other features, by stage-specific changes in chromatin organization and function. These changes are accompanied by modifications in the organization and composition of the nuclear lamina. In previous experiments we have determined that rat spermatogenic cells express a lamin closely related, if not identical, to lamin B1 of somatic cells; whereas rat somatic lamins A, C, D and E were not detected. Considering that chromatin reorganizations during spermatogenesis may be directly or indirectly related to changes of the nuclear lamina we have decided to further investigate lamin expression during this process. Here we report on the identification of a 52 kDa protein of the rat which, according to immunocytochemical and biochemical data, appears to be a novel nuclear lamin. Using meiotic stage-specific markers, we have also demonstrated that this short lamin is selectively expressed during meiotic stages of spermatogenesis.

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