Mesodermal-specific cDNA or transcript (MEST) was identified by suppression subtractive hybridization-PCR of cDNA isolated from embryonic day 13 vs. newborn mice kidneys. At day 13 of mouse gestation, a high expression of MEST, with a single ∼2.7-kb transcript that was exclusively localized to the metanephric mesenchyme was observed. The MEST mRNA expression gradually decreased during the later stages and then abruptly decreased in the newborn kidneys and subsequent postnatal life, after which a very mild expression persisted in the glomerular mesangium. Regression in mRNA expression during embryonic renal development appears to be related to methylation of the MEST gene. Treatment of metanephroi, harvested at day 13 of gestation with MEST-specific antisense oligodeoxynucleotide resulted in a dose-dependent decrease in the size of the explants and the nephron population. This was associated with a selective decrease in MEST mRNA expression and accelerated apoptosis of the mesenchyme. These findings suggest that MEST, a gene with a putative mesenchymal cell-derived protein, conceivably plays a role in mammalian metanephric development.
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology|
|Issue number||5 51-5|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 29 2002|
- Mesenchyme gene expression
- Renal development
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