In the above-mentioned paper, the expression of PPARγ was incorrectly determined based on the quantification of a 50 kD band on the Western blots. This band aligned with what was believed to be a positive control band in the U937 whole cell extract, a control reagent recommended by the supplier of the primary antibody, SC-7196 (Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, Santa Cruz, CA). Based on recent information described by Foreman et al. [1], it is clear that this band is not PPARγ but was a nonspecific immunoreactive protein detected by SC-7196. This nonspecific protein was abundantly detected by SC-7196 in U937 and COS-1 cells as well as across all human fetal protein samples. Immunoprecipitation of COS-1 cell lysate using agarose-conjugated SC-7196 resulted in a single band on a Coomassie Blue-stained gel. This band was subjected to digestion, peptide extraction, and sequence analysis using MALDI-MSMS, and the protein was identified as cytoplasmic actin with a decisive score (human SwissProt database, 60% protein coverage using the 15 highest scoring peptide groups and two lower scoring but acceptable peptides).

A specific band for PPARγ, (calculated molecular weight for human PPARγ1 = 54.55 kD) was identified on our Western blots by performing new experiments in which in vitro translated human PPARγ1 (provided by J. Peters, Pennsylvania State University) was compared with human fetal tissue lysates (Figure 1). These experiments also included COS-1 cell lysate as a negative control and U937 cell lysate. The Western blots of the fetal tissues were all reanalyzed using the ~55 kD band that aligned with the in vitro translated human PPARγ1. Based on this reanalysis, the expression of PPARγ protein shown in (c) of Figures  1–9 are replaced by Figure 2. The data summary described in Table  1 of the above-mentioned paper regarding the change in PPARγ protein expression with fetal age is replaced by Table 1.

The authors regret this unexpected error. The clarification of the recognition patterns of this primary antibody should be of value to investigators interested in detecting PPARγ protein.