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FEBS Lett. 1991 Oct 7;291(1):24-8.

Calponin. Developmental isoforms and a low molecular weight variant.

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Institute of Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg.


Two-dimensional gel analysis of basic proteins in developing human smooth muscle identifies calponin as a prominent marker of the differentiated phenotype. Adult tissue (human and mouse) typically expresses up to four calponin isoforms, three of which appear sequentially during fetal development: adult myometrial cells express the same three isoforms in primary culture in vitro and these are down-regulated, in reverse order, during the subsequent modulation of phenotype. Monospecific, polyclonal antibodies against calponin identify a lower molecular weight variant of calponin (L-calponin) that is strongly and specifically expressed in adult smooth muscles of the human urogenital tract. L-calponin is down-regulated in benign smooth muscle derived tumors (leiomyoma) and is not expressed in primary cultures of normal uterine tissue.

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