Journal of Molecular Histology

, Volume 41, Issue 4–5, pp 295–305 | Cite as

Expressing and characterization of mlin-41 in mouse early embryos and adult muscle tissues

Original Paper


Heterochronical gene lin-41 plays an important role in regulate the timing of many decelopmental events in Caenorhabditis elegans. Mammalian developmental timing is poorly understood even though many tissues are under temporal control during development. The lin-41 homologues in mouse and chick has been isolated and its expression in developing limb buds and branchial arches has been reported by in situ (Kanamoto et al. in Dev Dyn 235:1142–1149, 2006; Lancman et al. in Dev Dyn 234:948–960, 2005; Schulman et al. in Dev Dyn 234:1046–1054, 2005), but the protein expression pattern in mouse adult tissue and embryo remained to be clarified. To help elucidate the expression of C. elegans lin-41 orthorlogs in mouse adult tissue and developmental embryo, lin-41 cDNA fragment was amplified from the mouse embryonic day 9.5(E9.5) mRNA and expressed in E. coli. The transcripts of mlin-41 and the protein level in mouse adult tissues and embryos from 9.5 to 13 days were detected by RT–PCR and western blot. RT–PCR and western blot showed the expression of mLIN-41 was detected in the mouse adult heart, muscle, and small intestine as well as in the day E9.5 to E12 embryos. Immuno-localization of mLIN-41 in the day E10.5 embryo revealed that mLIN-41 was present in the neuro-epithelium and epithelial tissue covering the first and second branchial arch, somites and mesoderm cells, limb buds as well as the gut epithelium. The expression of mLIN-41 represented the tissue-specific expression pattern. Immuno-precipitation combine with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry was used to identify the potential proteins interacting with LIN-41. Five potential specific proteins were obtained for future identification in mouse.


mLin-41 Mouse embryo Expression Localization Mass spectrometry 



Mouse lin-41


Chick lin-41




9.5 days-embryo


10.5 days-embryo


12 days-embryo


Matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time of flight mass spectrometry


Sonic hedgehog


Fibroblast growth factors


Mouse LIN-41 protein


Recombinant mouse LIN-41 protein






Optic vesicle


First branchial arch


Second branchial arch


Third branchial arch






Neural tube








Coelomatic cavity





This work was jointly supported by Xiamen Science technology grant (3502Z20071077), and the fund from Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Cell Biology and Tumor Cell Engineering of School of Life Science, Xiamen University, and New Century Talents Support Program from Xiamen University, China to YRY.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Cell Biology and Tumor Cell Engineering, Department of Biology, School of Life ScienceXiamen UniversityXiamenPeople’s Republic of China

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