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PLoS One. 2015 Nov 9;10(11):e0142577. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142577. eCollection 2015.

Species-Specific Expression of Full-Length and Alternatively Spliced Variant Forms of CDK5RAP2.

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1
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Southern Alberta Cancer Research and Hotchkiss Brain Institutes, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2
Laboratory of Medical Genetics, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China.
3
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Southern Alberta Cancer Research and Hotchkiss Brain Institutes, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract

CDK5RAP2 is one of the primary microcephaly genes that are associated with reduced brain size and mental retardation. We have previously shown that human CDK5RAP2 exists as a full-length form (hCDK5RAP2) or an alternatively spliced variant form (hCDK5RAP2-V1) that is lacking exon 32. The equivalent of hCDK5RAP2-V1 has been reported in rat and mouse but the presence of full-length equivalent hCDK5RAP2 in rat and mouse has not been examined. Here, we demonstrate that rat expresses both a full length and an alternatively spliced variant form of CDK5RAP2 that are equivalent to our previously reported hCDK5RAP2 and hCDK5RAP2-V1, repectively. However, mouse expresses only one form of CDK5RAP2 that is equivalent to the human and rat alternatively spliced variant forms. Knowledge of this expression of different forms of CDK5RAP2 in human, rat and mouse is essential in selecting the appropriate model for studies of CDK5RAP2 and primary microcephaly but our findings further indicate the evolutionary divergence of mouse from the human and rat species.

PMID:
26550838
PMCID:
PMC4638350
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0142577
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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