, Volume 3, Issue 2-3, pp 185-192

A subtractive cDNA library from an identified regenerating neuron is enriched in sequences up-regulated during nerve regeneration

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We have constructed a subtractive cDNA library from regenerating Retzius cells of the leech,Hirudo medicinalis. It is highly enriched in sequences up-regulated during nerve regeneration. Sequence analysis of selected recombinants has identified both novel sequences and sequences homologous to molecules characterised in other species. Homologies include α-tubulin, a calmodulin-like protein, CAAT/enhancer-binding protein (C/EBP), protein 4.1 and synapsin. These types of proteins are exactly those predicted to be associated with axonal growth and their identification confirms the quality of the library. Most interesting, however, is the isolation of 5 previously uncharacterised cDNAs which appear to be up-regulated during regeneration. Their analysis is likely to provide new information on the molecular mechanisms of neuronal regeneration.

Data deposition: The sequence of Hm C/EBPγ has been deposited in the EMBL database. Accession no. U67068