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DNA Cell Biol. 1991 Nov;10(9):671-9.

Gene expression and cDNA cloning identified a major basic protein constituent of bovine seminal plasma as bovine monocyte-chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1).

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Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Abt. Molekulare Biologie, Göttingen, Germany.


P6 is one of the major basic proteins of bovine seminal plasma. Using cell-free translation of poly(A)+RNA from bovine seminal vesicle tissue and monospecific anti-P6-IgGs, we show that P6 is a secretory product of the seminal vesicles. Immunohistochemical experiments supported this finding. Immunoscreening of a lambda gt11 cDNA library derived from seminal vesicle poly(A)+RNA furnished a number of positive cDNA clones, from which clone pH42 was characterized by sequencing. The partial amino acid sequence of a CNBr-fragment of P6 permitted identification of the reading frame of clone pH42 encoding the precursor protein of P6. The P6 precursor contains a signal peptide of 23 amino acids followed by the mature P6 sequence of 76 amino acid residues. The cDNA sequence of pH42 was 80% homologous with that of the human monocyte-chemoattractant protein-1 (hMCP-1). The respective amino acid sequences for the precursor molecules are 72% identical. Northern analysis of seminal vesicle poly(A)+RNA using pH42 as probe probe identified a 0.9-kb P6 mRNA. Stimulation of P6 mRNA expression by phytohemagglutinin in bovine peripheral mononuclear leukocytes suggests that P6 is identical to bovine MCP-1.

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