The myelin basic proteins (MBPs) are the major proteins of the myelin membrane. Multiple MBP mRNAs and protein isoforms are generated by alternative RNA splicing. Here we describe the isolation and characterisation of a cDNA clone encoding a 17-kDa MBP isoform from the rat (Rattus norvegicus). The isoform is a 158-amino acid protein consisting of exons 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the MBP gene. RT-PCR analysis of brain mRNA showed that transcripts encoding the 17-kDa isoform were expressed at higher levels early in post-natal development, up to 7 days post-partum.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression|
|State||Published - Oct 20 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology