Journal article

Cloning and Characterization of a New Gene From the PAT Protein Family, in a Marsupial, the Stripe-Faced Dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura)

Phil Chi Khang Au, Lynne Selwood, Mary Familari

MOLECULAR REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

Recent studies of PAT proteins in Drosophila and Xenopus have revealed significant roles for this family of proteins in the polarized transport of lipid droplets and maternal determinants during early embryogenesis. In mammals, PAT proteins are known to function mainly in lipid metabolism, yet research has yet to establish a role for PAT proteins in mammalian embryogenesis. Oocytes and early cleavage stages in Sminthopsis macroura show obvious polarized cytoplasmic distribution of organelles, somewhat similar to Drosophila and Xenopus, suggesting that a PAT protein may also be involved in S. macroura embryonic development. In the present study, we identified a new marsupial gene for PAT fami..

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