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Expression of the melatonin receptors in Xenopus laevis

By MAZZUCCHELLI C, CAPSONI S, ANGELONI D, FRASCHINI F and STANKOV B

Abstract

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis performed on total RNA from different tissues of Xenopus laevis showed that the melatonin receptor gene cloned from dermal melanophores is expressed in the whole brain, skin, and retina, and that apart from the ovary, there is no expression in tissues having origin outside the central nervous system. Comparative studies using in vitro autoradiography and in situ hybridization demonstrated that the melatonin receptor is expressed with discrete allocation in Xenopus brain. Though the distribution pattern of the specific messenger RNA conforms well with that of the corresponding receptor protein, it is not always coinciden

Year: 1996
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unife.it:11392/2349936
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