ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-020920-4
Cellular retinol-binding protein type II (CRBPII) in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Cameron, M.C., Denovan-Wright, E.M., Sharma, M.K., and Wright, J.M.
Date: 2002
Source: European journal of biochemistry   269(18): 4685-4692 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Sharma, Mukesh, Wright, Jonathan M.
Keywords: Danio rerio; fatty acid binding protein; cellular retinol binding protein; tissue-specific expression; retinol metabolism
MeSH Terms:
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • DNA
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Organ Specificity
  • Phylogeny
  • Retinol-Binding Proteins/genetics*
  • Retinol-Binding Proteins/metabolism
  • Retinol-Binding Proteins, Cellular
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 12230582 Full text @ Eur. J. Biochem.
We have determined the nucleotide sequence of a zebrafish cDNA clone that codes for a cellular retinol-binding protein type II (CRBPII). Radiation hybrid mapping revealed that the zebrafish and human CRBPII genes are located in syntenic groups. In situ hybridization and emulsion autoradiography localized the CRBPII mRNA to the intestine and the liver of adult zebrafish. CRBPII and intestinal fatty acid binding protein (I-FABP) mRNA was colocalized to the same regions along the anterior-posterior gradient of the zebrafish intestine. Similarly, CRBPII and I-FABP mRNA are colocalized in mammalian and chicken intestine. CRBPII mRNA, but not I-FABP mRNA, was detected in adult zebrafish liver which is in contrast to mammals where liver CRBPII mRNA levels are high during development but rapidly decrease to very low or undetectable levels following birth. CRBPII and I-FABP gene expression appears therefore to be co-ordinately regulated in the zebrafish intestine as has been suggested for mammals and chicken, but CRBPII gene expression is markedly different in the liver of adult zebrafish compared to the livers of mammals. As such, retinol metabolism in zebrafish may differ from that of mammals and require continued production of CRBPII in adult liver. The primary sequence of the coding regions of fish and mammalian CRBPII genes, their relative chromosomal location in syntenic groups and possibly portions of the control regions involved in regulation of CRBPII gene expression in the intestine appear therefore to have been conserved for more than 400 million years.