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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1997 Oct 3;49(1-2):278-82.

Molecular cloning of rat G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) from brain tissue, and its mRNA expression in different brain regions and peripheral tissues.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Mainz, Germany.


The rat G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 6 (GRK6) cDNA was cloned from rat brain tissue by a combination of reverse-transcription polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR), based on homology to the cloned human GRK6, and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE-PCR). We obtained a clone of 2817 bp with an open reading frame of 1731 bp encoding for a protein of 576 amino acids that is 96.7% identical and 97.9% similar to its human counterpart. mRNA was detectable in all brain areas examined. In addition, GRK6 was expressed in skeletal muscle, small intestine, aorta, liver, heart, lung, thymus, stomach, uterus and kidney.

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