Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 396–400 | Cite as

Expression detection and partial cloning of porcine leptin receptor (OBR) gene

  • Xiaoxiang Hu
  • Rujuan Dai
  • Ning LiEmail author
  • Changxin Wu


The product of the obesity gene, called leptin, is an important regulator of adiposity, which mainly functions via its regulation of feed intake and energy metabolism. Both obesity gene (ob gene) and leptin receptor gene (OBR gene) are thought to play a major role in controlling of body fat mass as well as body weight. The result of RT-PCR shows that levels of pigOBR mRNA are higher in hypothalamus, lung and liver, and lower expression can be detected in other tissues. Total RNA purified from 11 different organs and tissues have been hybridized with pigOBR cDNA probes. The hybridization signals are shown in 7 organs and tissues. 4.1 and 3.8 kb bands were observed from hypothalamus, whereas 3.8 and 3.5 kb bands were observed in other tissues instead. The nearly complete sequence of the extracellular domain of pigOBR gene was obtained. The homology of sequence is 89.2% between pig and human, 80.3% between pig and mouse. Alignment of the predicted amino acid sequence ofOBR in pig, human and mouse shows that the overall identity is 86.5% between pig and human, 76.6% between pig and mouse. Two WSXWS motifs were found at aa313and aa6162.


pig ob (obese) gene OBR (leptin receptor) gene leptin RT-PCR Northern blotting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoxiang Hu
    • 1
  • Rujuan Dai
    • 1
  • Ning Li
    • 2
    Email author
  • Changxin Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Animal Science and TechnologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Laboratory for AgrobiotechnologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina

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