DNA sequencing of several independent rat IGF-I cDNA clones has revealed three different 5′-untranslated region sequences which contain multiple, upstream, in-frame initiation codons. Use of these codons could generate N-terminal heterogeneity in IGF-I precursor proteins. One of these 5′-untranslated region sequences contains a 40-bp segment which is an inverted repeat of a region in the common 3′-untranslated region. The ends of the IGF-I mRNA corresponding to this cDNA could form a stable duplex structure. Such a complex could prevent ribosomal access to the AUG codons preceeding the coding region for the pre-pro-IGF-I peptide, suggesting the possibility of translational regulation of this form of IGF-I mRNA. The 3′-untranslated region inverted repeat sequence also is present in human and mouse IGF-I cDNA's, and, intriguingly, is more highly conserved than the rest of the 3′-untranslated region.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Aug 14 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology