Structural analysis and specific expression of microsomal cytochrome P-450(M-1) mRNA in male rat livers.

H. Yoshioka, K. Morohashi, K. Sogawa, T. Miyata, K. Kawajiri, T. Hirose, S. Inayama, Y. Fujii-Kuriyama, T. Omura

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cDNA clones for the P-450(M-1) mRNA, which exhibits a male-specific expression in rat livers, were isolated by using synthetic oligonucleotides as the probes. Sequence analysis of the cDNAs showed that P-450(M-1) mRNA contains 1,853 nucleotides in addition to a poly(A) chain, and a single open reading frame of 1,500 nucleotides encodes a polypeptide of 500 amino acids with a Mr = 57,187. The predicted NH2-terminal sequence of 30 amino acids agrees well with that of the purified protein determined by Edman degradation, and the predicted primary structure included all the partial sequences of six internal peptides of P-450(M-1) obtained by the proteolytic digestion and a conserved amino acid sequence containing a putative heme-binding cysteine, proximate to the COOH terminus of the molecules. P-450(M-1) showed relatively high sequence similarity with P-450b (Fujii-Kuriyama, Y., Mizukami, Y., Kawajiri, K., Sogawa, K., and Muramatsu, M. (1982) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 79, 2793-2797) (52% similarity), P-450-3b (Ozols, J., Heinemann, F. S., and Johnson, E. F. (1985) J. Biol. Chem. 260, 5427-5434) (64%), P-450-1 (Tukey, R. H., Okino, S., Barnes, H., Griffin, K. J., and Johnson, E. F. (1985) J. Biol. Chem. 260, 13347-13354) (74%), P-450PBc1 (Leighton, J. K., DeBrunner-Vossbrinck, B. A., and Kemper, B. (1984) Biochemistry 23, 4598-4603) (71%), while its sequence similarity with 3-methylcholanthrene-inducible P-450c and P-450d is rather low. Consequently, P-450(M-1) could be structurally classified into the phenobarbital-inducible type of P-450 gene family. RNA blot analysis using a synthetic oligonucleotide specific for P-450(M-1) revealed that P-450(M-1) mRNA was expressed exclusively in the livers of mature male rats in a sex-specific manner, but not in other tissues so far examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1706-1711
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 5 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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