Journal of Genetics

, Volume 83, Issue 3, pp 257–263 | Cite as

Cloning of a novel gene,Cymg1, related to family 2 cystatins and expressed at specific stages of mouse testis development

  • Y. Xiang
  • D. S. Nie
  • G. X. Lu
Research Article


We have cloned a novel gene,Cymg1 (GenBank accession number AY600990), from a mouse testis cDNA library.Cymg1 is located in 2G3 of mouse chromosome 2. The cDNA includes an open reading frame that encodes 141 amino acid residues. The encoded polypeptide has a cysteine protease inhibitor domain found in the family 2 cystatins but lacks critical consensus sites important for cysteine protease inhibition. These characteristics are seen in the proteins of the CRES subfamily of the family 2 cystatins which are expressed specifically in the reproductive tract. CYMG1 protein shows 44% identity with mouse CRES and 30% identity with mouse cystatin C. Northern blot analysis showed that theCymg1 gene was specifically expressed in adult mouse testis. RT-PCR also showed thatCymg1 was expressed in testis and spermatogonial cells.Cymg1 expression level varied in the different developmental stages of mouse testis, and were coincidental with spermatogenesis and sex maturation. These results indicate thatCymg1 may play important roles in mouse spermatogenesis and sex maturation


cystatins gene cloning testis spermatogenesis sex maturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Reproductive and Stem Cell Engineering InstituteCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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