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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1996 Dec;42(2):358-61.

Demonstration of the existence of mRNAs encoding N1/cif and N2/cit sodium/nucleoside cotransporters in rat brain.

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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


Nucleoside transport may be involved in the regulation of extracellular levels of adenosine, an inhibitory neuromodulator in the central nervous system. Previous reports have provided functional evidence for Na+-dependent nucleoside transport in rat brain. We isolated total RNA from various regions of rat brain and tested for the presence of mRNA for two recently cloned Na+/nucleoside cotransporters using reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR). Messenger RNA for a pyrimidine-selective Na+/nucleoside cotransporter mRNA (rCNT1) was detected in samples from each brain region tested by RT-PCR amplification of a 309-bp DNA product. Southern blot and sequence analysis confirmed that this product was derived from rCNT1 mRNA. A purine-selective Na+/nucleoside cotransporter mRNA (rCNT2, also termed SPNT) was detected throughout brain by amplifying a 235-bp DNA product, the sequence of which was identical to that published. These experiments demonstrate the presence of both rCNT1 and rCNT2 mRNA in rat brain.

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