Imprinting of the murine MAS protooncogene is restricted to its antisense RNA

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Jan 25;290(3):1072-8. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.2001.6328.


The Mas protooncogene encodes a G protein-coupled receptor with the common seven transmembrane domains and may be involved in the actions of angiotensins. The gene is located in close proximity to the paternally imprinted Igf2r gene and its maternal imprinting has been reported but remained controversial. We used mice carrying a targeted deletion of the Mas protooncogene on the maternal or paternal chromosome to clarify this issue. In all Mas-expressing organs of adult mice such as heart, kidney, testis or brain, no Mas mRNA was missing in heterozygous animals inheriting the deleted allele from the father excluding mono-allelic paternal expression. However, we show exclusive paternal expression of a Mas antisense RNA, confirming the maternal imprinting of this antisense RNA in all investigated adult tissues and in embryos. Our results strongly suggest that Mas is not imprinted in mice but that an antisense RNA probably starting in the neighboring Igf2r gene is maternally imprinted in both embryos and adult organs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryo, Mammalian / metabolism
  • Gene Deletion
  • Genomic Imprinting*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Nuclease Protection Assays
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics*
  • RNA, Antisense / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Antisense / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • RNA, Antisense
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled