In vitro synthesis of type IV procollagen.
Total RNA was isolated from parietal endoderm cells of 131/2-day mouse embryos that synthesize large amounts of type IV procollagen. In vitro translation of this RNA in the reticulocyte lysate supplemented with a ribonuclease inhibitor yielded two equally prominent polypeptides of Mr = 165,000 and 168,000, immunoprecipitable with anti-mouse type IV collagen serum. The Mr = 165,000 polypeptide was shown by one-dimensional peptide mapping to represent an unmodified chain of type IV procollagen. The Mr = 168,000 polypeptide, the in vitro synthesis of which was barely detectable in the absence of a ribonuclease inhibitor, most likely represents the other genetically distinct chain of type IV procollagen. Similar results to those described were also obtained using poly(A) + RNA prepared from murine F9 embryonal carcinoma cells induced to differentiate in vitro into parietal endoderm.
Kurkinen, M; Foster, L; Barlow, DP; Hogan, BL
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