Rat Vitamin‐D‐Dependent Calcium‐Binding Proteins: Specificity of mRNAs Coding for the 7500‐Mr Protein from Duodenum and the 28000‐Mr Protein from Kidney and Cerebellum

M. Thomasset, C. Desplan, O. Parkes

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mRNA extracted from rat duodenum, kidney and cerebellum was translated in a cell‐free reticulocyte lysate system in the presence of L‐[35S]methionine. Vitamin‐D‐dependent calcium‐binding proteins (D‐CaBPs) were identified by immunoprecipitation using antibodies specific to duodenal D CaBP (7500 Mr) and cerebellar D‐CaBP (28000 Mr). When duodenal mRNA was translated, the immunoprecipitated polypeptide, obtained using antibodies to duodenal D‐CaBP, comigrated with the pure small D‐CaBP. Only the addition of unlabeled small duodenal D‐CaBP prevented the immunoprecipitation of the major protein. Likewise, when mRNA extracted from the kidney and cerebellum was translated, the product immunoprecipitated by antibodies specific to large mammalian D‐CaBP was electrophoretically similar to pure 28000‐Mr protein, being displaced only by the addition of unlabeled large D‐CaBP. The yield of the duodenal D‐CaBP synthesized in the reticulocyte lysate assay was remarkably high (about 10%) compared to that of the large D‐CaBP with renal (1%) or cerebellar (0.4%) mRNA. In the absence or presence of microsomal membranes, proteins of similar molecular weight were synthesized, suggesting that the biosynthesis of both large and small D‐CaBPs do not involve the processing of leader sequences. Moreover in our experimental conditions duodenal poly(A)‐rich RNA was unable to direct the synthesis of large D‐CaBP while the mRNAs extracted from kidney and cerebellum did not code for the small D‐CaBP. Our data indicate that two distinct mRNAs, coding for small and for large vitamin‐D‐dependent CaBPs, are expressed in specific tissues of the rat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-524
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1983

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  • Biochemistry


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