Expression of the c-fos gene during murine perinatal development was studied. Before birth, all eight of the prenatal organs tested expressed undetectable or low levels of c-fos mRNA. On the day of birth, there occurred a 10- to 100-fold increase in the level of c-fos message in all of these organs. The expression was transient, in that 1 day after birth, the level of c-fos mRNA precipitously dropped. The c-fos gene expression at birth is unrelated to the expression of the c-myc gene and major histocompatibility complex class I genes, which display distinct kinetics during the perinatal development. The c-fos gene was also expressed locally and transiently in the gravid uterus 1 to 2 days prior to delivery. These results indicate that an event associated with birth induced c-fos gene expression in the mother and newborn.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|State||Published - Sep 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology