Larsson, M; Morland, C; Poblete-Naredo, I; Biber, J; Danbolt, N C; Gundersen, V (2011). The sodium-dependent inorganic phosphate transporter SLC34A1 (NaPi-IIa) is not localized in the mouse brain: a case of tissue-specific antigenic cross-reactivity. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, 59(9):807-812.
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The sodium-dependent inorganic phosphate transporter NaPi-IIa is expressed in the kidney. Here, the authors used a polyclonal antiserum raised against NaPi-IIa- and NaPi-IIa-deficient mice to characterize its expression in nervous tissue. Western blots showed that a NaPi-IIa immunoreactive band (~90 kDa) was only present in wild-type kidney membranes and not in kidney knockout or wild-type brain membranes. In the water-soluble fraction of wild-type and knockout brains, another band (~50 kDa) was observed; this band was not detected in the kidney. Light and electron microscopic immunohistochemistry using the NaPi-IIa antibodies showed immunolabeling of kidney tubules in wild-type but not knockout mice. In the brain, labeling of presynaptic nerve terminals was present also in NaPi-IIa-deficient mice. This labeling pattern was also produced by the NaPi-IIa preimmune serum. The authors conclude that the polyclonal antiserum is specific toward NaPi-IIa in the kidney, but in the brain, immunolabeling is caused by a cross-reaction of the antiserum with an unknown cytosolic protein that is not present in the kidney. This tissue-specific cross-reactivity highlights a potential pitfall when validating antibody specificity using knockout mouse-derived tissue other than the specific tissue of interest and underlines the utility of specificity testing using preimmune sera.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Deposited On:||25 Oct 2011 10:31|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 21:32|
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