The nifk gene is widely expressed in mouse tissues and is up-regulated in denervated hind limb muscle

Cell Biol Int. 2003;27(6):469-75. doi: 10.1016/s1065-6995(03)00038-6.


Denervation of skeletal muscle alters the expression of many genes, which may be important for establishing optimal conditions for reinnervation. Using the differential display technique we have attempted to discover neurally regulated genes in skeletal muscle. An mRNA that is up-regulated in denervated hind limb muscle was identified and cloned. The cDNA encodes an RNA-binding protein, which was discovered during the course of this work to be a nucleolar protein interacting with the fork-head associated domain of the proliferation marker protein Ki-67, and named NIFK. We show that the nifk gene is widely expressed in adult mouse tissues and that the expression is up-regulated in denervated hind limb muscle. No difference between expression in perisynaptic and extrasynaptic portions of muscle was observed. The widespread expression in adult tissues suggests that the NIFK protein has other functions in addition to its interaction with Ki-67, which is only expressed in proliferating cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 3' Untranslated Regions / genetics
  • Amino Acid Sequence / genetics
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • DNA, Complementary / analysis
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • Denervation
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / genetics
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Muscle, Skeletal / growth & development*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / innervation*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Neuromuscular Junction / cytology
  • Neuromuscular Junction / growth & development
  • Neuromuscular Junction / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Protein Biosynthesis / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Regeneration / genetics*
  • Up-Regulation / genetics*


  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • NIFK protein, human
  • NIFK protein, mouse
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA-Binding Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AY030275