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The olfactomedin-like domain (OLFML) is present in at least four families of proteins, including OLFML2A and OLFML2B, which are expressed in adult rat retina cells. However, no expression of their orthologous has ever been reported in human and baboon. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of OLFML2A and OLFML2B in ocular tissues of baboons (Papio hamadryas) and humans, as a key to elucidate OLFML function in eye physiology. OLFML2A and OLFML2B cDNA detection in ocular tissues of these species was performed by RT-PCR. The amplicons were cloned and sequenced, phylogenetically analyzed and their proteins products were confirmed by immunofluorescence assays. OLFML2A and OLFML2B transcripts were found in human cornea, lens and retina and in baboon cornea, lens, iris and retina. The baboon OLFML2A and OLFML2B ORF sequences have 96% similarity with their human's orthologous. OLFML2A and OLFML2B evolution fits the hypothesis of purifying selection. Phylogenetic analysis shows clear orthology in OLFML2A genes, while OLFML2B orthology is not clear. Expression of OLFML2A and OLFML2B in human and baboon ocular tissues, including their high similarity, make the baboon a powerful model to deduce the physiological and/or metabolic function of these proteins in the eye.


Diana Cristina Pérez-Ibave, Rafael González-Alvarez, Margarita de La Luz Martinez-Fierro, Gabriel Ruiz-Ayma, Maricela Luna-Muñoz, Laura Elia Martínez-De-Villarreal, María De Lourdes Garza-Rodríguez, Diana Reséndez-Pérez, Jibran Mohamed-Noriega, Raquel Garza-Guajardo, Víctor Manuel Bautista-De-Lucío, Karim Mohamed-Noriega, Oralia Barboza-Quintana, Carlos Arámburo-De-La-Hoz, Hugo Alberto Barrera-Saldaña, Irám Pablo Rodríguez-Sánchez. Olfactomedin-like 2 A and B (OLFML2A and OLFML2B) expression profile in primates (human and baboon). Biological research. 2016 Nov 08;49(1):44

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PMID: 27821182

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