Recently, it has been reported that antisense RNAs are transcribed from a large number of genes in various species including human and mouse. The Prdx2 gene, which is indicated to be involved in signal transduction related to platelet-derived growth factor as well as to protection from oxidizing agents, has been shown to produce sense and antisense transcripts. To obtain clues for possible roles of Prdx2 antisense transcripts, we have performed Northern blot analysis and in situ hybridization on tissues of 8-week-old C57BL/6J mice. The Northern blot analysis revealed that major parts of sense and antisense transcripts were poly(A-)-RNA. The analysis of the fractionated RNA of fibroblasts indicated that the poly(A-)-RNA would be localized in the cytoplasm of cells. The in situ hybridization demonstrated that the sense and antisense transcripts were localized in almost the same limited areas of brain, testis, and spleen. It also revealed that the sense and antisense transcripts coexisted in Purkinje cells. In thymus and stomach, the antisense transcripts were detected, but sense transcripts were not. When tissues of BALB/c mice were examined by in situ hybridization, the observations were essentially the same as those of C57BL/6J except that it appeared that the amounts of sense and antisense transcripts in testis of BALB/c were greater than those in C57BL/6J, and that the amounts of antisense transcripts in stomach of BALB/c were much smaller than those in C57BL/6J.
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