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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Nov 30;205(1):577-83.

Basic fibroblast growth factor sense (FGF) and antisense (gfg) RNA transcripts are expressed in unfertilized human oocytes and in differentiated adult tissues.

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Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a highly conserved and ubiquitously distributed mitogen. In amphibian oocytes bFGF mRNA is regulated post-transcriptionally by interaction with an antisense RNA transcript. We used reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Northern hybridization to determine the presence of bFGF and its antisense RNA (gfg) in unfertilized human oocytes and postnatal differentiated tissues. BFGF and gfg transcripts were co-expressed in many tissues, with bFGF transcripts (7, 3.7 and 1.8 kb) being more abundant than the gfg transcript (1.5 kb) in 8 of 16 tissues examined. Sense and antisense expression was approximately equal in kidney and colon, while in heart, liver, skeletal muscle and testis gfg transcripts predominated. RT-PCR demonstrated the presence of bFGF and gfg transcripts in unfertilized oocytes where the antisense transcript was present in excess of the sense transcript. These findings suggest a role for gfg in regulation of bFGF expression.

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