The expression of a putative insulin-like growth factor-I receptor gene in the liver of the developing chick

D. G. Armstrong, Charis Hogg

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The biological activity of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is mediated by a transmembrane glycoprotein (type-1 IGF receptor or IGF-I receptor) that shows considerable sequence homology with the insulin receptor. In order to detect the expression of this gene in chicken liver tissue, a plasmid was constructed containing a fragment of chicken IGF-I receptor cDNA. The cDNA fragment corresponded to nucleotides 326-599 of the human IGF-I receptor cDNA and showed 86.1 and 69.3% homology at the nucleotide level and 96.7 and 80.2% homology at the amino acid level with the human IGF-I receptor and insulin receptor respectively. The construct was used to generate an antisense RNA probe for the detection of IGF-I receptor mRNA transcripts in 1- and 4-week-old chick liver tissue. IGF-I receptor gene expression was initially detected by the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction using synthetic chicken IGF-I receptor oligonucleotides. Amplified fragments of the correct size were detected in both RNA samples. Northern blots were also used to detect IGF-I receptor mRNA transcripts in the liver RNA samples. The results indicated that the amount of receptor mRNA decreased significantly between 1 and 4 weeks after hatch. In contrast, chicken beta-actin gene expression remained constant over this period. A major IGF-I receptor RNA transcript (11 kb) was observed in blots from 1-week-old livers, less abundant transcripts were also observed ranging in size from 8 to 9 kb.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of molecular endocrinology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1992


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Chickens
  • DNA
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I/metabolism
  • Liver/growth & development
  • Liver/metabolism
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Receptors, Cell Surface/genetics
  • Receptors, Cell Surface/metabolism
  • Receptors, Somatomedin
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid


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