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    • Identification of housekeeping genes as references for quantitative real-time RT-PCR analysis in Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

      XIAOHUA XIA WEIRAN HUO RUYAN WAN XIAOPEI XIA QIYAN DU ZHONGJIE CHANG

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      Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) is a well-known method to quantify gene expression by comparing with the reference genes. Generally, housekeeping genes were set as references, as for their stable expression in varying conditions. Here, we try to evaluate few of such genes to identify suitable housekeeping genes as references for qRT-PCR analysis of gene expression in Misgurnus anguillicaudatus. This study evaluated the expression of four commonly used housekeeping genes, i.e. b-actin (ACTB), elongation factor 1 alpha (EF-1a), glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate (GAPDH) and 18S ribosomal RNA (18S rRNA), in gender difference, effects of tissue type, different developmental stages, chemical treatment of embryos/larvae with commonly used vehicles for administration and agents that represent known environmental toxicant. Rank ordering of expression stability was done using geNorm, NormFinder and BestKeeper algorithms. Results suggested that in the qRTPCR test, in all the experimental conditions, EF-1a could be selected as reference gene when analysing a target gene. For the study of different development stages, ACTB could be a candidate as reference gene. For the studies associated with different gender and tissue types, EF-1a would be better targeted as reference gene. Meanwhile, in toxicant treatment, expression of EF-1a seems to be more stable than others and could be considered as reference gene. This study could provide useful guidelines that can be expected to aid M. anguillicaudatus researchers in their initial choice of housekeeping genes for future studies and enable more accurate normalization of gene expression data.

    • Molecular cloning and mRNA expression pattern of Sox4 in Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

      XIAOHUA XIA RUYAN WAN WEIRAN HUO LINXIA ZHANG XIAOPEI XIA ZHONGJIE CHANG

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      Sox4, a member of the SoxC subfamily which of the Sox family, plays important roles in the development of the vertebrate gonad and nervous system. We have cloned a Sox4 homologue from the brain of Misgurnus anguillicaudatus using homologous cloning and rapid amplification of cDNA ends. We named the cloned gene as MaSox4. The full-length cDNA was 2122 bp, containing a 718bp 5'-untranslated region and a 267 bp 3'-untranslated region. The open-reading frame of the cloned gene encoded 378 amino acids and contained a characteristic HMG-box DNA-binding domain with the specific motif (RPMNAFMVW). Phylogenetic analysis indicated that MaSox4 is highly homologous to Sox4 in different species. Protein sequence analysis showed that MaSox4 is anonsecretory hydrophilic protein. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization assay revealed that MaSox4 was ubiquitously expressed during embryogenesis and is present in various adult tissues, especially in the central nervous system. Our study suggests that MaSox4 is highly conserved among vertebrates’ evolution and might be involved in developmental processes such as embryogenesis, neurogenesis and gonad development.

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