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Mol Immunol. 2004 Mar;40(16):1203-11.

Expression of a novel secreted splice variant of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) in human brain astrocytes and peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, and Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 134 Shinchon-dong Seodaemoon-gu, Seoul 120-752, South Korea.


The engagement of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) on the cell surface induces cellular dysfunction in a number of pathophysiological situations of vascular dysfunction, tumor cell invasion, inflammatory response, and T cell infiltration. The administration of truncated, soluble RAGE can modulate RAGE-mediated perturbations. Here, we report a novel splice variant (delta8-RAGE) of RAGE mRNA, which lacks exon 8 of the genomic RAGE gene and contains an early stop codon in exon 10 due to a frame shift mutation. delta8-RAGE mRNA was found in human primary astrocytes and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Transient transfection experiments demonstrated that delta8-RAGE mRNA was translated into a secretory protein as deduced. Moreover, two different segments of the spliced variant were identified in PBMCs by RT-PCR. The findings of this study suggest that the diverse splicing variants of RAGE are possible in many tissues and their products may influence the RAGE-mediated pathogenesis and immune modulation.

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