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EMBO J. 1989 Oct;8(10):2983-8.

An antisense transcript from the Xenopus laevis bFGF gene coding for an evolutionarily conserved 24 kd protein.

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Institut für Molekularbiologie und Biochemie, Freie Universität Berlin, FRG.

Abstract

Screening of a Xenopus laevis oocyte cDNA library with a rat basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) cDNA led to the isolation of a 1.35 kb sequence containing exon III of the bFGF gene. Reverse complementary listing of this sequence revealed a polyadenylated transcript with an open reading frame coding for an unknown protein of mol. wt 24,292 daltons. The coding part of bFGF exon III is located in this putative mRNA in opposite direction within the 3' untranslated region. By hybridization studies on transcription orientation with single-stranded probes it could be proven that this transcript actually represents an antisense transcript to part of the Xenopus bFGF gene. Sequence organization on corresponding genomic fragments revealed that it is processed from a larger precursor by splicing mechanisms. Sequence comparison with elongated transcripts from the bFGF gene in human hepatoma has shown that the gene coding for the antisense mRNA is evolutionarily conserved.

PMID:
2479540
PMCID:
PMC401371
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