Expression Characterization, Polymorphism and Chromosomal Location of the Porcine Calsarcin-3 Gene

  • Wang, Heng (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences) ;
  • Yang, Shulin (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences) ;
  • Tang, Zhonglin (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences) ;
  • Mu, Yulian (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences) ;
  • Cui, Wentao (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences) ;
  • Li, Kui (Department of Gene and Cell Engineering, Institute of Animal Science Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences)
  • Received : 2007.01.16
  • Accepted : 2007.04.07
  • Published : 2007.09.01


Calcineurin is a calmodulin dependent protein that functions as a regulator of muscle cell growth and function. Agents capable of interacting with calcineurin could have important applications in muscle disease treatment as well as in the improvement of livestock production. Calsarcins comprise a family of muscle-specific calcineurin binding proteins which play an important role in modulating the function of calcineurin in muscle cells. Recently, we described the first two members of the calsarcin family (calsarcin-1 and calsarcin-2) in the pig. Here, we characterized the third member of the calsarcin family, calsarcin-3, which is also expressed specifically in skeletal muscle. However, unlike calsarcin-1 and calsarcin-2, the calsarcin-3 mRNA expression in skeletal muscle kept rising throughout the prenatal and postnatal development periods. In addition, radiation hybrid mapping indicated that porcine calsarcin-3 mapped to the distal end of the q arm of pig chromosome 2 (SSC2). A C/T single nucleotide polymorphism site in exon 5 was genotyped using the denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) method and the allele frequencies at this locus were significantly different among breeds.


Supported by : National Basic Research and Developmental Plan of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China


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