Faculty Research 1990 - 1999


Sequence and tissue-dependent RNA expression of mouse FAD-linked glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.

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Animal, Base-Sequence, Binding-Sites, Brown-Fat: en, Chromosome-Mapping, Cloning-Molecular, Cold, FAD: me, Gene-Expression-Regulation-Enzymologic, Glycerolphosphate-Dehydrogenase: ge, Human, Mice, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Mice-Transgenic, Mitochondria: en, Molecular-Sequence-Data, Rats, Regulatory-Sequences-Nucleic-Acid, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S, Tissue-Distribution

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Arch Biochem Biophys 1996 Dec 1;336(1):97-104


A 2432-bp cDNA for mouse FAD-linked glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, a nuclear-encoded enzyme associated with the inner mitochondrial membrane, was isolated from a Lambda ZAP phage library generated from brown adipocyte mRNA. The amino acid sequence was 95 and 93% homologous to the rat and human enzymes. PvuII and SacI polymorphisms between Mus spretus and C57BL/6J were used to map the mouse FAD-linked glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene (Gdm1) to chromosome 2, 33 cM from the centromere. Northern blot analysis showed that brown adipose tissue predominantly expressed a 6.5-kb mRNA with lower expression of 4.5- and 2.4-kb forms, whereas brain and pancreatic islets almost exclusively expressed a 6.5-kb transcript, muscle expressed a 4.5-kb transcript, and testis expressed a 2.4-kb RNA form. Analysis of poly(A)+ RNA from brown adipose tissue suggested that all RNA forms are polyadenylated. Among the tissues examined, FAD-linked glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase protein levels and enzyme activity were highest in brown adipose tissue, and a consistent correlation between protein levels and enzyme activity in all tissues was observed. RNA levels corresponded to protein levels in all tissues except testis, where high levels of 2.4-kb mRNA and relatively low protein were expressed. Exposing mice to cold temperatures induced the 6.5-kb mRNA and enzyme activity only in brown adipose tissue, suggesting a role for thermogenesis in this tissue. Although the molecular basis for the formation of the 6.5- and 4.5-kb mRNA's is not known, data suggest that the regulation of FAD-linked glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase is complex and tissue-specific.