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Dev Dyn. 1997 Apr;208(4):482-90.

Developmental expression of the murine spliceosome-associated protein mSAP49.

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA.


We have isolated the mouse homologue of human spliceosome-associated protein SAP49, mSAP49. mSAP49 contains two RNA recognition motifs (RRM) in the N terminus of the predicted amino acid sequence, and a highly basic C terminus rich in glycine/proline. mSAP49 displayed a plastic of expression in cardiac development. In the adult mouse, mSAP49 is widely distributed, although it was found at relatively lower levels in the heart. In situ hybridization analysis of mSAP49 mRNA distribution in staged mouse embryos showed that mSAP49 onset occurs later in the heart than in other embryonic tissues. While mSAP49 expression was found at day 10.0 postconception (pc) in the optic eminence, optic vesicle, hindbrain, and somites, it was not in cardiac structures. mSAP49 was detected in the ventricles at day 11.5, and at day 13.5 it was also detected in the atria. Northern analysis showed that mSAP49 mRNA displayed a peak of expression in the heart at days 14.0-15.0 pc, and its abundance decayed in the adult. This dynamic pattern of cardiac expression suggests that mSAP49 may be contributing to a change in the ratio of spliceosome components during cardiac growth and development, which may have consequences for tissue-specific splicing, RNA stabilization, or translation.

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