Journal article

TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION OF THE EZRIN GENE DURING RAT INTESTINAL DEVELOPMENT AND EPITHELIAL DIFFERENTIATION

D BARILA, C MURGIA, F NOBILI, G PEROZZI

BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-GENE STRUCTURE AND EXPRESSION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1995

Abstract

Polarized intestinal epithelial cells are characterized by the presence of a brush border at their apical surface. The brush border cytoskeleton is assembled during cell differentiation and is composed of parallel actin bundles, held together by specific actin-binding proteins. Using specific cDNA probes we have studied the expression of the mRNAs encoding ezrin and moesin, two members of a class of proteins that connect the microvillar cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane, during the process of enterocyte maturation that occurs both in the embryonic and in the adult small intestine, along the crypt-villus axis. The steady state levels of ezrin mRNA were found to increase in the fetal gut epi..

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