Conservation of death receptor-6 in avian and piscine vertebrates

Jamie T. Bridgham, Julien Bobe, Frederick William Goetz, Alan L. Johnson

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One of the most recently identified members of the tumor necrosis factor receptor family, death receptor-6 (DR6), has been shown to mediate apoptosis following overexpression in HeLa cells. The avian and piscine orthologs of DR6 have now been identified, and the deduced amino acid sequence for each demonstrates a high level of conservation compared to the mammalian sequence. Expression of dr6 mRNA occurs widely across tissues of both the mature chicken and brook trout. It is now well-established that ovarian follicular atresia occurs via apoptosis originating within the granulosa cell layer. Accordingly, DR6 expression within the ovary was examined to assess the relationship between stage of follicle development and relative levels of this death receptor. Of particular interest was the finding that elevated levels of dr6 mRNA, as well as the translated protein, are expressed in atretic compared to healthy follicles of the hen ovary, thus providing the first association between DR6 expression and apoptosis, in vivo. We conclude that DR6 is a highly conserved and widely expressed death-domain-containing receptor and may be implicated in regulating follicle atresia within the vertebrate ovary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1115
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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