Author(s): Salehi M, Barron M, Merry BJ, Goyns MH
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Abstract We have examined the expression of the fos and jun genes in the cerebellum of the rat brain during ageing, by use of a semi-quantitative fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method. In these experiments we have utilised the digital imaging capabilities of a cooled CCD camera system to store the fluorescence intensities of individual cells and to compare the data from each target (fos or jun) gene with that of a control (beta-actin) gene. In this way we have been able to obtain a relative quantitation of fos and jun mRNA levels. Purkinje cells were analysed in brain from Sprague-Dawley rats of 6, 13 and 23 months of age. Data obtained in this way demonstrated that the level of fos expression decreased significantly during ageing but, in contrast, that of jun increased between 6 and 13 months and thereafter remained constant. We subsequently carried out a further comparison of fos/jun ratios in purkinje cells in Wistar rats and also observed a highly significant fall in the ratio between 6 and 23 months. This change in the fos/jun ratio has important implications for the composition of the AP-1 transcription factor and for the expression of genes that it regulates.
This article was published in Mech Ageing Dev
and referenced in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism