Human surfactant protein C (SP-C) mRNA is detected early during fetal lung development before the differentiation of the type II cell and the need for surfactant. Later in life SP-C contributes to the surface-lowering properties of surfactant, as shown by several investigators. In this study we sequenced both coding and noncoding regions of 12 genomic SP-C clones from several human groups including RDS, whites, and black Nigerians, and examined the expression of SP-C in tissues from RDS and from non-RDS. The data showed that all clones had identical DNA sequences, not only within coding regions, consistent with previous observations, but also within intervening, 5' flanking, and 3' untranslated regions. Some differences from the previously published sequence were noted. The expression of SP-C in tissues from RDS and non-RDS as determined by tissue in situ hybridization was comparable between the two groups, suggesting that altered SP-C expression, the result of pretranslational regulatory abnormalities, is an unlikely contributor to the pathogenesis of RDS. In addition the results show, using genomic blot analysis, that a remarkable conservation within coding and 5' flanking but not within 3' untranslated sequences exists in all mammalian species examined. These data taken together suggest that strong evolutionary pressures have been exerted on SP-C to maintain conservation, not only among humans but also among species, which may underscore important roles of SP-C in as yet unknown developmental/functional lung processes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Clinical Biochemistry