Species-specific alternative splice mimicry at the growth hormone receptor locus revealed by the lineage of retroelements during primate evolution.

Abstract

In humans, growth hormone receptor (GHR) transcripts exist in two isoforms differing by the retention (GHRfl) or exclusion (GHRd3) of exon 3, whereas in mice GHRfl is solely expressed. This species-specific expression pattern is believed to result from an alternative splice event that, on the basis of conflicting data obtained in humans, has been considered… (More)

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