Gonadotroph-specific expression of metallothionein fusion genes in pituitaries of transgenic mice

Malcolm J. Low, Ronald M. Lechan, Robert E. Hammer, Ralph L. Brinster, Joel F. Habener, Gail Mandel, Richard H. Goodman

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Transgenic mice expressing a metallothionein-somatostatin fusion gene contain high concentrations of somatostatin in the anterior pituitary gland, a tissue that does not normally produce somatostatin. Immunoreactive somatostatin within the anterior pituitaries was found exclusively within gonadotrophs. Similarly, a metallothionein-human growth-hormone fusion gene was also expressed selectively in gonadotrophs. It is proposed that sequences common to the two fusion genes are responsible for the gonadotroph-specific expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1004
Number of pages3
Issue number4741
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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