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Mouse NCSTN Gene cDNA Clone (full-length ORF Clone)

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NCSTNcDNA Clone Product Information
Gene Bank Ref.ID:NM_021607.3
cDNA Size:2127
cDNA Description:ORF Clone of Mus musculus nicastrin DNA.
Gene Synonym:Nct, Aph2, AA727311, D1Dau13e, Kiaa0253, mKIAA0253, 9430068N19Rik, Ncstn
Vector:pGEM-T Vector
Restriction Site:
Tag Sequence:
Sequence Description:Identical with the Gene Bank Ref. ID sequence except for the point mutations: 62 C/T resulting in the amino acid Ser substitution by Phe, 2033 C/T resulting in the amino acid Thr substitution by Ile, 2038 G/A resulting in the amino acid Val substitution by Ile, 219 T/C, 753 C/T, 1074 T/C and 1609 T/C not causing the amino acid variation.
Shipping Carrier:Each tube contains approximately 10 μg of lyophilized plasmid.
Storage:The lyophilized plasmid can be stored at ambient temperature for three months.
pGEM-T Vector Information

The pGEM-T is 3kb in length, and contains the amplicin resistance gene, conferring selection of the plasmid in E. coli, and the ori site which is the bacterial origin of replication. The plasmid has multiple cloning sites as shown below. The coding sequence was inserted by TA cloning. Many E. coli strains are suitable for the propagation of this vector including JM109, DH5α and TOP10.

pGEM-T Simple Usage Suggestion:

The coding sequence can be easily obtained by digesting the vector with proper restriction enzyme(s). The coding sequence can also be amplified by PCR with M13 primers, or primer pair SP6 and T7.

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Nicastrin (NCST, or NCT), a single-pass membrane glycoprotein that harbors a large extracellular domain, is an essential component of the gamma-secretase complex. Several lines of evidence indicate that the members of these complexes could also contribute to the control of cell death. NCT controls cell death via phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt and p53-dependent pathways and that this function remains independent of the activity and molecular integrity of the gamma-secretase complexes. Increasing evidences have shown that Nicastrin/NCSTN plays a crucial role in gamma-cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). The glycoprotein Nicastrin is an essential component of the gamma-secretase complex, a high molecular weight complex which also contains the presenilin proteins, Aph-1 and Pen-2. The gamma-secretase complex is not only involved in APP processing but also in the processing of an increasing number of other type I integral membrane proteins. As the largest subunit of the gamma-secretase complex, Nicastrin plays a crucial role in its activation. Inhibition of NCSTN demonstrated an altered gamma-cleavage activity, suggesting its potential implication in developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). In addition, Nicastrin can function to maintain epithelial to mesenchymal transition during breast cancer progression. Anti-nicastrin polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies were able to decrease notch1 and vimentin expression and reduced the invasive capacity of breast cancer cells in vitro.

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  • Hayashi I, et al. (2009) Single chain variable fragment against nicastrin inhibits the gamma-secretase activity. J Biol Chem. 284(41): 27838-47.
  • Ma Z, et al. (2009) Association between promoter polymorphisms of the nicastrin gene and sporadic Alzheimer's disease in North Chinese Han population. Neurosci Lett. 458(3): 136-9.
  • Pardossi-Piquard R, et al. (2009) p53-dependent control of cell death by nicastrin: lack of requirement for presenilin-dependent gamma-secretase complex. J Neurochem. 109(1): 225-37.
  • Filipovi? A, et al. (2011) Biological and clinical implications of nicastrin expression in invasive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 125(1): 43-53.
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