Gene expression profiling in the submandibular gland, stomach, and duodenum of CAVI-deficient mice

Transgenic Res. 2011 Jun;20(3):675-98. doi: 10.1007/s11248-010-9441-2. Epub 2010 Sep 11.


Carbonic anhydrase VI (CAVI) is the only secreted isozyme of the α-carbonic anhydrase family, which catalyzes the reversible reaction [Formula in text]. It appears that CAVI protects teeth and gastrointestinal mucosa by neutralizing excess acidity. However, the evidence for this physiological function is limited, and CAVI may have additional functions that have yet to be discovered. To explore the functions of CAVI more fully, we generated Car6 (-/-) mice and analyzed Car6 (-/-) mutant phenotypes. We also examined transcriptomic responses to CAVI deficiency in the submandibular gland, stomach, and duodenum of Car6 (-/-) mice. Car6 (-/-) mice were viable and fertile and had a normal life span. Histological analyses indicated a greater number of lymphoid follicles in the small intestinal Peyer's patches. A total of 94, 56, and 127 genes were up- or down-regulated in the submandibular gland, stomach, and duodenum of Car6 (-/-) mice, respectively. The functional clustering of differentially expressed genes revealed a number of altered biological processes. In the duodenum, the significantly affected biological pathways included the immune system process and retinol metabolic processes. The response to oxidative stress and brown fat cell differentiation changed remarkably in the submandibular gland. Notably, the submandibular gland, stomach, and duodenum shared one important transcriptional susceptibility pathway: catabolic process. Real-time PCR confirmed an altered expression in 14 of the 16 selected genes. The generation and of Car6 (-/-) mice and examination of the effects of CAVI deficiency on gene transcription have revealed several affected clusters of biological processes, which implicate CAVI in catabolic processes and the immune system response.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carbonic Anhydrases / deficiency*
  • Duodenum / metabolism*
  • Gastric Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling*
  • Mice
  • Microarray Analysis
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Submandibular Gland / metabolism*


  • Carbonic Anhydrases
  • carbonic anhydrase VI