Cloning of a toad prolactin cDNA: expression of prolactin mRNA in larval and adult pituitaries

N. Takahashi, K. Yamamoto, S. Kikuyama

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    A toad (Bufo japonicus) prolactin cDNA was specifically amplified from cDNAs constructed from the total RNA of adenohypophyses, employing the DNA polymerase chain reaction. Sequencing analysis revealed that the cDNA clone thus obtained was 602 bp in length, and encoded the C-terminal 134 amino acid residues of the toad prolactin molecule. The length of the toad prolactin mRNA was estimated to be about 1.0 kb by Northern blot analysis. The partial amino acid sequence deduced from the nucleotide sequence showed the following homologies between toad prolactin and the prolactins of other vertebrates: 69% with man, 80% with chicken, 81% with sea turtle, 91% with bullfrog and 38% with salmon. Using the cDNA as a probe, developmental and seasonal changes in prolactin mRNA levels in the pituitaries of toads were studied. Prolactin mRNA in the pituitary rose as metamorphosis progressed and declined at the end of metamorphosis. During the breeding season the pituitary content of prolactin mRNA was relatively high. This finding suggests that the increases in plasma and pituitary prolactin levels in larvae at metamorphic climax and in adults that remain in or migrate into water, as reported previously, accompany the increase in prolactin synthesis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-349
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Molecular Endocrinology
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

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    Anura
    Prolactin
    Organism Cloning
    Complementary DNA
    Messenger RNA
    Bufonidae
    Rana catesbeiana
    Anterior Pituitary Gland
    Turtles
    Salmon
    DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
    Northern Blotting
    Breeding
    Larva
    Vertebrates
    Amino Acid Sequence
    Chickens
    Clone Cells
    RNA
    Amino Acids

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    Cloning of a toad prolactin cDNA : expression of prolactin mRNA in larval and adult pituitaries. / Takahashi, N.; Yamamoto, K.; Kikuyama, S.

    In: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1993, p. 343-349.

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    Takahashi, N. ; Yamamoto, K. ; Kikuyama, S. / Cloning of a toad prolactin cDNA : expression of prolactin mRNA in larval and adult pituitaries. In: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 1993 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 343-349.
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