Galphaq is a member of the Gq family of G proteins, which by stimulating the phospholipase Cbeta (PLCbeta)-IP(3)-Ca(++) mediated intracellular signaling systems controls some of the most fundamental cardiovascular cellular processes. The study of Galphaq is complicated by the presence of a pseudogene in human DNA, with signficant homology to the mRNA encoding the alpha subunit of Gq protein. The presence of this pseudogene will cause problems when the analysis of the Galphaq gene expression is based solely on RT-PCR. In this study, we report a simple method for avoiding unwanted amplification of the Galphaq pseudogene and the use of human monocytes as a readily available source for examining Galphaq. METHODS: RT-PCR was carried out on RNA extracted from peripheral blood monocytes of 10 normal subjects using specific primers for Galphaq. RESULTS: When several subjects' Galphaq was examined, the authentic Galphaq mRNA amplification product levels, as a ratio to unpurified pseudogene containing amplification products, declined by up to approximately 70%. CONCLUSION: Given the importance of Gq protein in cardiovascular signal transduction, it is fundamental to provide a reliable assessment of G alpha q gene expression. In addition to accurately assessing Galphaq levels, the use of circulating human monocytes as a useful source of Galphaq for investigating mechanisms involved in the regulation of vascular tone is shown. IF 1,302

Analysis of Gq protein alpha subunit mRNA expression in human monocytes. Relevance of the purification step

CALO', LORENZO;PAGNIN, ELISA;COSTA, RODOLFO;PLEBANI, MARIO;SEMPLICINI, ANDREA
2001

Abstract

Galphaq is a member of the Gq family of G proteins, which by stimulating the phospholipase Cbeta (PLCbeta)-IP(3)-Ca(++) mediated intracellular signaling systems controls some of the most fundamental cardiovascular cellular processes. The study of Galphaq is complicated by the presence of a pseudogene in human DNA, with signficant homology to the mRNA encoding the alpha subunit of Gq protein. The presence of this pseudogene will cause problems when the analysis of the Galphaq gene expression is based solely on RT-PCR. In this study, we report a simple method for avoiding unwanted amplification of the Galphaq pseudogene and the use of human monocytes as a readily available source for examining Galphaq. METHODS: RT-PCR was carried out on RNA extracted from peripheral blood monocytes of 10 normal subjects using specific primers for Galphaq. RESULTS: When several subjects' Galphaq was examined, the authentic Galphaq mRNA amplification product levels, as a ratio to unpurified pseudogene containing amplification products, declined by up to approximately 70%. CONCLUSION: Given the importance of Gq protein in cardiovascular signal transduction, it is fundamental to provide a reliable assessment of G alpha q gene expression. In addition to accurately assessing Galphaq levels, the use of circulating human monocytes as a useful source of Galphaq for investigating mechanisms involved in the regulation of vascular tone is shown. IF 1,302
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