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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Vitamin D-independent expression of chick brain calbindin-D28K.

A combination of calbindin-D28K-specific cDNA probes and polyclonal antisera were used to investigate expression of the calbindin-D28K in the vitamin D-deficient avian brain in vivo in response to pharmacological doses of the vitamin D3 metabolite, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3). Serum calcium levels were stimulated (2-fold) and intestinal calbindin-D28K expression (between 10- and 30-fold) by 1,25(OH)2D3 (6.5 nmol/animal) after 12 h. In marked contrast, steady-state whole brain levels of calbindin-D28K as judged by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) remained constant. Northern gel analysis revealed that three species of calbindin-D28K mRNA (2.0, 2.6 and 3.1 kb) were present a priori in the vitamin D-deficient chick brain and that administration of pharmacological doses (6.5 nmol/animal) of 1,25(OH)2D3 failed to influence their relative abundance. Separate but parallel dot blot hybridization analyses also confirmed that brain calbindin-D28K-mRNA levels were not influenced by 1,25(OH)2D3. These experiments demonstrate at the molecular level that, in contrast to the intestine, the gene encoding calbindin-D28K in the brain is regulated by mechanism(s) or factors which are independent of vitamin D status.[1]


  1. Vitamin D-independent expression of chick brain calbindin-D28K. Hall, A.K., Norman, A.W. Brain Res. Mol. Brain Res. (1991) [Pubmed]
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