In this report, we describe molecular cloning and characterization of cDNAs encoding a novel rat prolactin-like protein. The rat cDNAs were isolated from the decidua and the gene was named PLP-I. cDNAs for the mouse equivalent were also cloned by the cross-hybridization technique. Pregnancy-specific expression of the rat PLP-I gene was observed in the rat placenta by Northern analysis. Location of signal peptide cleavage sites in rat and mouse pre-PLP-I proteins was predicted using a theoretical method. A molecular phylogenetic tree for the growth hormone-prolactin superfamily including the novel member, PLP-I, constructed using the neighbor-joining method, places rat/mouse PLP-I closest to rat/mouse placental lactogen I and II. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Oct 28|
- Phylogenetic tree
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology