Characterization of the X-linked murine centrin Cetn2 gene

Peter E. Hart, Gregory M. Poynter, Clark M. Whitehead, James D. Orth, Janel N. Glantz, Robert C. Busby, Susan L. Barrett, Jeffrey L. Salisbury

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A multi-gene family (Cetn1, Cetn2, and Cetn3) encodes the calcium-binding protein, centrin, in the mouse. This work characterizes the Cetn2 gene. Structurally, Cetn2 consists of five exons and four introns, and contains a classical TATA-less promoter. Cetn2 has two alternate transcription start sites, and a single length 3′ untranslated region. Fluorescence in situ hybridization demonstrates that Cetn2 is an X-linked gene whose alleles replicate asynchronously during S-phase. Cetn2 encodes a 172 amino acid protein, with a predicted molecular mass of 19,795 Da (pI = 4.71), that contains all of the defining characteristics of centrin. Northern blot analysis indicates that Cetn2 is ubiquitously expressed in the tissues of adult mice. RT-PCR shows that Cetn2 and Cetn3, but not Cetn1, are expressed in NIH 3T3 cells. Immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrates that mouse centrin 2 protein localizes to the region immediately surrounding the centrioles in the centrosome of NIH 3T3 cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 21 2001


  • Centriole
  • Centrosome
  • Spermatogenesis
  • X-inactivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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