Three Unique 5′ Untranslated Regions Are Spliced to Common Coding Exons of High‐ and Low‐Molecular‐Weight Microtubule‐Associated Protein‐2

Nellie Kalcheva, Bridget Shafit‐Zagardo

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Abstract: Three unique 5′ untranslated regions (UTRs) have been characterized for human microtubule‐associated protein‐2 (MAP‐2) transcripts. All three UTRs shared a common 171‐bp sequence adjacent to the MAP‐2 coding region and then diverged upstream. The size of the unique upstream sequence was 281, 146, or 104 bp. PCR of genomic DNA demonstrated that the 5′ UTRs span multiple exons. The unique region of the UTRs recognizes a 9.5‐ and a 6‐kb MAP‐2 transcript in poly(A)+ mRNA isolated from human MSN cells, and PCR analysis demonstrated that each unique UTR is contained in multiple high‐ and low‐molecular‐weight MAP‐2 transcripts. Reverse transcription‐PCR (RT‐PCR) performed on MSN mRNA isolated from polysomes demonstrated that all three of the UTRs contained within multiple MAP‐2 transcripts were associated with polysomes and hence translated. RT‐PCR from human fetal spinal cord and adult brain mRNA demonstrated that all of the UTRs are expressed at these developmental time points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1472-1480
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1995



  • 5′ rapid amplification of cDNA ends
  • 5′ untranslated regions
  • Microtubule‐associated proteins
  • Reverse transcription‐PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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