BLAST analysis of the rat genome revealed the presence of 16 pseudogenes of isoform 1 of the mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC1). Based on their structural characterization, it was concluded that these pseudogenes were formed by integration of VDAC1 cDNA into the genome, and subsequent rearrangements/mutations. By RT-PCR analysis using carefully designed primers that could not amplify the cDNA of genuine VDAC1, 8 of these 16 pseudogenes showed slight expression in certain tissues, but none of them seemed to encode a functional protein.
Mammalian Genome – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 20, 2011
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