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Expression of mannose 6-phosphate receptor messenger ribonucleic acids in mouse spermatogenic and Sertoli cells.

Spermatogenic and Sertoli cells isolated from the mouse synthesize different proportions of the two mannose 6-phosphate receptors (MPR) during overnight culture periods (O'Brien et al., Endocrinology 1989; 125:2973). To determine the relative expression of MPR mRNAs in these cells, poly(A)+ RNAs were examined by Northern blot analysis using cDNA probes specific for the cation-independent (CI) and cation-dependent (CD) MPRs. A single CI-MPR transcript, approximately 10 kb in size, was present in all tissues and cell types examined. Like the CI-MPR protein, this transcript was more abundant in Sertoli cells than in spermatogenic cells isolated from adult testes. The CD-MPR is the predominant MPR synthesized by pachytene spermatocytes or round spermatids. Multiple CD-MPR transcripts were detected in these cells, including a 2.4-kb CD-MPR mRNA that was indistinguishable from CD-MPR transcripts in somatic tissues and Sertoli cells. Smaller CD-MPR mRNAs of approximately 1.4 and 1.6 kb were prominent in pachytene spermatocytes and round spermatids, respectively, but were faint or undetectable in somatic tissues. These smaller CD-MPR mRNAs did not hybridize with an 0.9-kb restriction fragment derived from the CD-MPR 3' untranslated region (UTR), suggesting that alternate polyadenylation signals are used to produce multiple CD-MPR transcripts in spermatogenic cells. When poly(A) tracts were selectively removed from germ cell RNAs by ribonuclease H treatment, identical 1.3-kb CD-MPR mRNAs were detected in pachytene spermatocytes and round spermatids, indicating that the size difference between the 1.4- and 1.6-kb transcripts is due to variations in poly(A) tail length.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


  1. Expression of mannose 6-phosphate receptor messenger ribonucleic acids in mouse spermatogenic and Sertoli cells. O'Brien, D.A., Welch, J.E., Fulcher, K.D., Eddy, E.M. Biol. Reprod. (1994) [Pubmed]
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