Jul 1, 1989

Keratin protein expression during the development of conducting airway epithelium in nonhuman primates

Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
T H HuangR Wu


Keratin protein expression during the development of Rhesus monkey conducting airway epithelium was investigated by both biochemical and immunohistochemical methods. Keratin proteins were extracted from tracheal and intrapulmonary airway tissues of fetal (at 80- and 140-day gestational ages), neonatal, and adult animals. Using immunoblot analyses and immunohistochemistry with various monoclonal (AE1, AE3, AE8, 6.01 and 6.11) and monospecific antibodies (anti-50/55 and anti-40 kDa), the presence of keratins 5, 6, 8, 13, 14, and 19 in adult airway epithelium were demonstrated. Except for keratin 13 (51 kDa), the remaining keratins could be immunologically detected in fetal and neonatal tissues. To further understand the nature of the synthesis of keratin 13 during development, airway epithelial cells from different ages were isolated and cultured in vitro. Cultured cells were labeled with 35S-methionine, and the patterns of keratin protein were analyzed by one- and two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Results indicated that the cultured airway cells synthesized additional keratins including 7, 15, 16, 17, and 18. However, consistent with the in vivo finding, fetal cells synthesized less...Continue Reading

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KRT13 gene
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