The trout possesses two POMC genes as a result of duplication of its genome some 25-100 million years ago. One of the POMC molecules exhibits a unique C-terminal extension of 25 amino acid residues which is not found in any other POMC characterized so far. In order to isolate possible novel peptides derived from trout POMC-A, we have raised antibodies against two synthetic epitopes derived from the C-terminal region of the precursor. Two native decapeptides were isolated in pure form from an extract of trout pituitary. The primary structures of these peptides were established as Glu-Gln-Trp-Gly-Arg-Glu-Glu-Gly-Glu-Glu and Ala-Leu-Gly-Glu-Arg-Lys-Tyr-His-Phe-Gln-NH2. The structure of the trout POMC-A cDNA reveals that both peptides are flanked by pairs of basic amino acids or a glycine residue, indicating that they can actually be generated during post-translational processing of POMC-A.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 18 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology