Identification of testis-specific (Limk2t) and brain-specific (Limk2c) isoforms of mouse LIM-Kinase 2 gene transcripts

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LIM-kinase 1 (LIMK1) and LIM-kinase 2 (LIMK2) are members of a novel serine/threonine kinase subfamily with structural features composed of N-terminal two LIM domains, an internal PDZ-like domain, and a C-terminal protein kinase domain. We recently identified and characterized the mouse Limk2 gene and two Limk2 transcripts (Limk2a and Limk2b) coding for proteins with distinct N-terminal LIM structures. Here we describe two additional transcripts of the mouse Limk2 gene. One is a 1.7-kb transcript, termed Limk2t, which is specifically expressed in the testis and codes for an N-terminally truncated form of LIMK2 consisting of only a part of a PDZ-like domain and a protein kinase domain. The other is a transcript, termed Limk2c, which is specifically expressed in the brain and codes for a protein with a 6-amino-acid insert within the protein kinase domain. Exons specific to the 5'-terminal extra sequence of Limk2t and the insert sequence of Limk2c locate between exons 5-6 and exons 8-9 in the mouse Limk2 gene, respectively. Testis- and brain-specific expression of Limk2t and Limk2c suggests specific roles in these tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 May 19
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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