Missense mutations in the presenilin-1 (PS-1) and presenilin-2 (PS-2) genes have been shown to be causes of autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (the AD3 and AD4 loci, respectively). Alternative splicing has previously been reported in the PS-1 gene. In this study, elucidation of intron/exon boundary sequences revealed that PS-2 is encoded by 10 coding exons. In addition, PS-2 cDNA cloning and RT-PCR using RNA from a variety of normal tissues revealed the presence of alternatively spliced products. These products included species with in frame omissions of exon 8 and simultaneous omissions of exons 3 and 4.
- Alternative splicing
- Alzheimer's disease