[A tissue-specific decrease in the pre-mRNA level of L1- and alu-containing alleles of human genes]

Bioorg Khim. Jan-Feb 2006;32(1):103-6.
[Article in Russian]


LINE1 and Alu retroelements occupy approximately 17 and 13% of the human genome, respectively. They include the evolutionarily youngest element groups Ta-L1, AluYa5, and AluYb8, many inserts of which are polymorphous in the Homo sapiens population. Despite the data on the ability of L1 and Alu elements to cause various modifications of the genome, the effects of these retroelements on gene expression have yet not been studied. Using the RT PCR method, we analyzed the pre-mRNA (heterogeneous nuclear RNA) content of allele pairs of four genes in five human cell lines, heterozygous with respect to intronic inserts of L1 and Alu elements. We showed for the first time a tissue-specific decrease in the pre-mRNA content of the gene allele bearing L1 or Alu inserts relative to the other allele of the same gene lacking the retroelement.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Alu Elements / genetics*
  • Gene Dosage / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Long Interspersed Nucleotide Elements / genetics*
  • Organ Specificity / genetics
  • RNA Precursors / genetics*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods


  • RNA Precursors