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Dev Biol. 1992 Oct;153(2):356-67.

Expression of a mouse zinc finger protein gene in both spermatocytes and oocytes during meiosis.

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Laboratory of Mammalian Developmental Biology, Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Sciences, Tokyo, Japan.


In order to identify genes regulating meiosis, a mouse spermatocyte cDNA library was screened for sequences encoding proteins with C2H2-type zinc finger motifs which are typically expressed by the Drosophila Kr├╝ppel gene. Three new cDNAs were isolated, and they were designated CTfin33, CTfin51, and CTfin92. Among them, CTfin51 was selected for further study. The deduced amino acid sequence revealed seven zinc finger motifs in its C-terminal region. Northern blot and in situ hybridization showed CTfin51 mRNA expression in spermatocytes after the pachytene stage and in early stage round spermatids of prepuberal and adult males. Immunocytochemical staining with an antiserum against beta-gal-CTfin51 fusion protein was localized within nuclei of spermatocytes and spermatids. Oocyte nuclei after the pachytene stage also were immunoreactive for CTfin51 protein. Immunoblots revealed a band at M(r) 75,000 in protein extracts from the testis and the ovary. These results suggest that the CTfin51 gene encodes a DNA-binding regulatory protein functionally associated with meiosis in both male and female gametogenesis.

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