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A Potential Role for Drosophila Mucins in Development and Physiology

Författare och institution:
Zulfeqhar Ali Syed (Institutionen för biomedicin, avdelningen för medicinsk kemi och cellbiologi)
Publicerad i:
PLoS ONE,
ISSN:
1932-6203
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2008
Språk:
engelska
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Vital vertebrate organs are protected from the external environment by a barrier that to a large extent consists of mucins. These proteins are characterized by poorly conserved repeated sequences that are rich in prolines and potentially glycosylated threonines and serines (PTS). We have now used the characteristics of the PTS repeat domain to identify Drosophila mucins in a simple bioinformatics approach. Searching the predicted protein database for proteins with at least 4 repeats and a high ST content, more than 30 mucin-like proteins were identified, ranging from 300–23000 amino acids in length. We find that Drosophila mucins are present at all stages of the fly life cycle, and that their transcripts localize to selective organs analogous to sites of vertebrate mucin expression. The results could allow for addressing basic questions about human mucin-related diseases in this model system. Additionally, many of the mucins are expressed in selective tissues during embryogenesis, thus revealing new potential functions for mucins as apical matrix components during organ morphogenesis.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
NATURVETENSKAP ->
Biologiska vetenskaper ->
Utvecklingsbiologi
Nyckelord:
Drosophila, Glycosylations, Mucins, O-glycosylation,Development
Postens nummer:
176054
Posten skapad:
2013-04-24 11:59
Posten ändrad:
2016-09-01 11:40

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