A2-pancortins (Pancortin-3 and -4) are the dominant Pancortins during neocortical development

Takashi Nagano, Akira Nakamura, Daijiro Konno, Morito Kurata, Hideshi Yagi, Makoto Sato

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Abstract

We have identified a novel mouse gene named pancortin that is expressed dominantly in the mature cerebral cortex. This gene produces four different species of proteins, Pancortin-1-4, sharing a common region in the middle of their structure with two variations at the N-terminal (A1 or A2 part) and C- terminal (C1 or C2 part) sides, respectively. In the present study, we showed that expression of mRNAs for A2-Pancortins (Pancortin species that contain the A2 part, i.e., Pancortin-3 and -4) is more dominant than that of mRNAs for A1-Pancortins (Pancortin species that contain the A1 part, i.e., Pancortin-1 and -2) in the prenatal mouse cerebral neocortex. Using western blot analysis, we found that substantial amounts of both A2-Pancortins were present in the prenatal cerebral neocortex and P19 cells after inducing neuronal differentiation. A2-Pancortins were still present in the cerebral neocortex of the adult, although their mRNAs were hardly detected. In contrast, the amount of A1-Pancortins did not increase after the third postnatal week in spite of their intense gene expression. Furthermore, we showed that recombinant Pancortin-3, one of the A2-Pancortins, was a secreted protein, in contrast to Pancortin-1 (one of the A1-Pancortins). These results suggest that A2-Pancortins are extracellular proteins essential for neuronal differentiation and that their molecular behavior is distinct from that of A1-Pancortins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 11 2000

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A2-pancortins (Pancortin-3 and -4) are the dominant Pancortins during neocortical development. / Nagano, Takashi; Nakamura, Akira; Konno, Daijiro; Kurata, Morito; Yagi, Hideshi; Sato, Makoto.

In: Journal of Neurochemistry, Vol. 75, No. 1, 11.07.2000, p. 1-8.

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Nagano, Takashi ; Nakamura, Akira ; Konno, Daijiro ; Kurata, Morito ; Yagi, Hideshi ; Sato, Makoto. / A2-pancortins (Pancortin-3 and -4) are the dominant Pancortins during neocortical development. In: Journal of Neurochemistry. 2000 ; Vol. 75, No. 1. pp. 1-8.
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