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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 130-136
Research article

A Gene Encoding Sialic-Acid-Specific 9-O-Acetylesterase Found in Human Adult Testis

1Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210029, China
2Epithelial Cell Biology Research Center, Department of Physiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 19 July 2003; Accepted 17 November 2003

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Using differential display RT-PCR, we identified a gene of 2750 bp from human adult testis, named H-Lse, which encoded a putative protein of 523 amino acids and molecular weight of 58 kd with structural characteristics similar to that of mouse lysosome sialic-acid-specific 9-O-acetylesterase. Northern blot analysis showed a widespread distribution of H-Lse in various human tissues with high expression in the testis, prostate, and colon. In situ hybridization results showed that while H-Lse was not detected in embryonic testis, positive signals were found in spermatocytes but not spermatogonia in adult testis of human. The subcellular localization of H-Lse was visualized by green fluorescent protein (GFP) fused to the amino terminus of H-Lse, showing compartmentalization of H-Lse in large dense-core vesicles, presumably lysosomes, in the cytoplasm. The developmentally regulated and spermatogenic stage-specific expression of H-Lse suggests its possible involvement in the development of the testis and/or differentiation of germ cells.