Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Physiol. 1998 Aug;275(2):G219-27. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.1998.275.2.G219.

Developmental expression of a mucinlike glycoprotein (MUCLIN) in pancreas and small intestine of CF mice.

Author information

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, USA.


The mucinlike glycoprotein MUCLIN, one of two protein products of the CRP-ductin gene, was used to study changes in the expression of sulfated glycoconjugates during the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis, using the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) knockout mouse (CF mouse). We assessed the appearance of dilated lumina containing protein or mucus plugs in pancreatic acini and crypts of the small intestine and quantified MUCLIN protein and CRP-ductin mRNA during postnatal development. In CF mice, the pancreatic acinar lumen was dilated by postnatal day 16 (P16), but MUCLIN protein was first significantly increased by P23 and remained elevated through adulthood compared with normal mice. Similarly, intestinal crypts had CF-like mucus plugs by P16, but MUCLIN protein was first elevated by P23 and remained elevated through adulthood compared with normal mice. In both organs, MUCLIN labeling of the luminal surface was increased concomitantly with dilation and protein or mucus plugging but before upregulation of expression. The morphological changes were then followed by upregulation of MUCLIN protein and CRP-ductin mRNA expression. This is the first direct study of CF pathogenesis and the resultant increase in glycoconjugate gene expression. The data are consistent with CF pathogenesis progressing from an initial alteration in protein secretory dynamics (increased luminal MUCLIN and protein/mucus plugs) to an upregulation of glycoprotein/mucin gene expression, which is expected to exacerbate obstruction of the luminal spaces.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center