Identification of the mouse beta'-COP Golgi component as a spermatocyte autoantigen in scleroderma and mapping of its gene Copb2 to mouse chromosome 9.
Tarsounas M., Heng HH., Ye CJ., Pearlman RE., Moens PB.
In an immunological screening of a mouse testicular cDNA library with a human CREST serum we isolated five overlapping cDNA clones encoding the mouse homolog of a Golgi coatomer complex protein (accession number AF043120), designated beta'-COP in bovine and p102 in humans. We generated antibodies against this protein which specifically recognize the Golgi apparatus of mouse spermatocytes. FISH analyses assigned the beta'-COP gene Copb2 to mouse Chromosome 9, region E3-F1. Our results demonstrate that CREST sera can contain antibody components against Golgi proteins as well as against nuclear proteins.