Regulation of expression of mouseC4 andSlp genes by non-H-2-linked genes
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C4 (the fourth complement component) and Slp (sexlimited protein) are two homologous plasma proteins encoded by genes in theS-region of theH-2 gene complex. We studied the genetic factors influencing the plasma levels of these proteins and their mRNA levels in liver. Considerable differences in both protein and mRNA levels were found between mouse strains carrying the sameS-region allele on different genetic backgrounds, indicating a pretranslational effect of non-H-2-linked genes on the expression of the twoS-region genes. The expression of Slp is androgen-dependent in the strains tested. However, testosterone treatment cannot increase the low levels of Slp caused by non-H-2-linked regulatory genes. In mice with Slp-negativeS-region alleles we found liver mRNA hybridizing with Slp-specific oligonucleotides, indicating expression of theSlp gene in Slp-negative strains. Our data demonstrate the complexity of the regulation of theC4 andSlp genes and pave the way for the analysis of the regulatory factors involved.
KeywordsmRNA Level Testosterone Plasma Level Regulatory Gene Genetic Factor
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