Ectopic pro-opiolipomelanocortin: sequence of cDNA coding for beta-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and beta-endorphin

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Science  13 May 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4598, pp. 721-723
DOI: 10.1126/science.6301015


A recombinant bacterial plasmid, pMS1, was constructed that contains 318 nucleotides complementary to a portion of pro-opiolipomelanocortin (proOLMC) messenger RNA from an ectopic adrenocorticotropin-producing tumor. The cloned complementary DNA insert, which contains the sequence that codes for all of the beta-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and beta-endorphin portions of proOLMC, as well as the 3' nontranslated section, is identical to the genomic sequence. Hybridization of tumor proOLMC complementary DNA to RNA subjected to electrophoresis and transferred to a nitrocellulose filter revealed two proOLMC messenger RNA species in the tumor polyadenylated RNA, but only one in pituitary polyadenylated RNA. At least one of the tumor proOLMC messenger RNA's is similar, if not identical, to human pituitary proOLMC messenger RNA.