Structural analysis of the mouse activin βC gene

Anthony L. Lau, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Martin M. Matzuk

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Using a mouse activin βC cDNA probe, we have cloned over 38 kb of genomic DNA encompassing the mouse activin βC gene. Mouse activin βC is encoded by 2 exons separated by a large 12.1 kb intron. Exon 1 encodes the 17 amino acid signal peptide and 88 amino acids of the propeptide. Exon 2 encodes the remaining 130 amino acids of the propeptide and the entire 117 amino acid mature peptide. Unlike the activin βA and βB expression patterns, Northern blot analysis of adult mouse tissues shows that the activin βC mRNA is expressed only in the liver as a major species of ~2.1 kb. The liver-specific expression of activin βC suggests an important role of dimeric activin βC in normal liver function. These studies allow us to address the function of activin βC in mammalian development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jun 7
Externally publishedYes


  • TGF-β superfamily
  • activin βC
  • gene structure
  • liver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics


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