The dystrophin gene is alternatively spliced throughout its coding sequence

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We have analysed splicing patterns in the human dystrophin gene region encoding the rod and cysteine-rich domains in normal skeletal muscle, brain and heart tissues. Sixteen novel alternative transcripts were identified, the majority of them being present in all three tissues. Tissue-specific variants were also identified, suggesting a functional role of transcriptional diversity. Transcript analysis in dystrophinopathic autoptic and bioptic specimens revealed that pre-mRNAs secondary structure formation and relative strength of exon/exon association play little or no role in directing alternative splicing events. This analysis also showed that independent deletion events leading to the loss of the same exons may be associated with transcriptional variability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 24 2002


  • Alternative splicing
  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Dystrophin
  • Exon codon phase
  • Exon skipping
  • Intron removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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