Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:205 issue:1 pages:886-92
The murine interleukin-3 receptor beta-chain genes, IL-3R beta IL-3 and IL-3R beta c, encode the signal transducing chains of the high affinity receptors for IL-3 and IL-3, GM-CSF and IL-5 respectively. Little is known about the regulation of their expression. To enable the study of the promotors of IL-3R beta IL-3 and IL-3R beta c, we have characterized their respective 5' untranslated regions using a modified 5' RACE protocol. Four classes of alternatively spliced transcripts were isolated that initiate in a 400 nt region upstream from a previously reported start site(1). The initially reported partial IL-3R beta IL-3 clone belongs to the first class of transcripts(2). The second class starts in the middle of an intron as defined by the first class. The 3rd and 4th class establish 2 novel splice donor sites. These results were confirmed by RNAse-protection assay. The complex organization as evident from our data establishes an experimental framework for future experiments aimed at the study of the promoters for the murine IL-3R beta genes.