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Developmental changes in apolipoprotein B gene expression in the liver of fetal calves

Abstract : Changes in apolipoprotein (apo B) gene expression in the liver were determined in fetal calves from 90 to 260 days of intrauterine life. Results were compared with those obtained from the livers of I-month-old calves and adult cows. By Western blot analysis using a rabbit antiserum to bovine apo B, apo B100 was detected from 90 days of intrauterine life. Apo B100 was shown to be the only form of apo B detected in the liver of fetal calves whatever the gestational age indicating the lack of editing process during the prenatal period. Hepatic apo B contents were stable during intrauterine life and comparable to those of calves and lower than those of cows. Hepatic contents of apo B mRNA. increased with the gestational age similarly to total RNA. Values of apo B mRNA at 260 days of intrauterine life were comparable to those in the liver of 1-month-old calves and adult cows. These results suggested that hepatic synthesis of calf apo B during fetal development is specifically regulated at a posttranscriptional level, either by a decrease in the rate of translation and/or by an increase in the rate of intracellular apo B degradation.
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Dominique Gruffat, C. Piot, Denys Durand, Dominique Bauchart. Developmental changes in apolipoprotein B gene expression in the liver of fetal calves. Biology of the Neonate, Karger, 1998, 74 (3), pp.233-242. ⟨10.1159/000014029⟩. ⟨hal-02695091⟩



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