Molecular cloning and characterization of cDNA for androgen-repressible rat liver protein, SMP-2

B. Chatterjee, D. Majumdar, O. Ozbilen, C. V. Murty, A. K. Roy

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SMP-2 is a rat liver protein whose synthesis is influenced by both androgens and aging. The steady-state level of its mRNA is repressed by the androgen. Compared to the adult male, SMP-2 mRNA is found in higher amounts in the prepubertal and senescent male rat livers which show relative androgen insensitivity. A cDNA library in the plasmid pBR322 was constructed from the female rat liver which contains a high level of SMP-2 mRNAs. Recombinant plasmids were screened by differential colony hybridization to 32P-labeled single-stranded cDNAs from adult female and adult male hepatic poly(A)+ RNAs. From a total of 3500 recombinant clones, 11 highly female specific clones were identified. From these female specific colonies the SMP-2 cDNA-containing plasmid (pSP11) was identified by its ability to select an mRNA species whose translation product is immunochemically and electrophoretically indistinguishable from SMP-2. This insert represents a 571-base pair portion of the SMP-2 cDNA. Rescreening of the library at a high colony density using the 32P-labeled cDNA insert of pSP11 identified several positive clones with larger inserts. Hybrid-selected mRNA translation again confirmed these clones to carry SMP-2 cDNA sequences. The plasmid pSP4a containing a 1040-base pair cDNA insert of SMP-2 was characterized by DNA sequence analysis. The size of the cDNA insert of pSP4a is close to the estimated size of the SMP-2 mRNA. The cDNA sequence provides an open reading frame of 282 amino acid residues. A comparison of the translated amino acid sequence with the protein sequences of NBRF-PIR, PSQNEW, and LOSALA data bases did not establish any sequence homology with known proteins. Northern blot analysis using the 32P-labeled cDNA insert of pSP4a confirms the androgenic repression of the SMP-2 mRNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-825
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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