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Novel Alternative Splice Variants of Mouse Cdk5rap2

Kraemer, Nadine and Issa-Jahns, Lina and Neubert, Gerda and Ravindran, Ethiraj and Mani, Shyamala and Ninnemann, Olaf and Kaindl, Angela M (2015) Novel Alternative Splice Variants of Mouse Cdk5rap2. In: PLOS ONE, 10 (8).

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Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a pronounced reduction of brain volume and intellectual disability. A current model for the microcephaly phenotype invokes a stem cell proliferation and differentiation defect, which has moved the disease into the spotlight of stem cell biology and neurodevelopmental science. Homozygous mutations of the Cyclin-dependent kinase-5 regulatory subunit-associated protein 2 gene CDK5RAP2 are one genetic cause of MCPH. To further characterize the pathomechanism underlying MCPH, we generated a conditional Cdk5rap2 LoxP/hCMV Cre mutant mouse. Further analysis, initiated on account of a lack of a microcephaly phenotype in these mutant mice, revealed the presence of previously unknown splice variants of the Cdk5rap2 gene that are at least in part accountable for the lack of microcephaly in the mice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: PLOS ONE
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Neuroscience
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 07:11
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 07:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52442

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