Molecular characterization of rat transforming growth factor-β type II receptor

Kunihiro Tsuchida, Kathy A. Lewis, Lawrence S. Mathews, Wylie W. Vale

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A cDNA encoding the rat transforming growth factor-β(TGF-β) type II receptor was isolated by hybridization from a rat pituitary gland cDNA library. The rat TGF-β type II receptor comprises 567 amino acid residues with a cysteine-rich extracellular domain, a single transmembrane domain and an intracellular protein kinase domain with predicted serine/threonine specificity. The comparison of the amino acid sequences of the rat and human TGF-β type II receptors indicated that they are highly conserved particularly in the intracellular kinase domain. RNA blot hybridization and reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analyses showed that rat TGF-β type II receptor is widely distributed in various tissues and is expressed abundantly in the ovary and lung.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790-795
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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