Molecular cloning and expression analysis of the aqp1aa gene in half-smooth tongue sole Cynoglossus semilaevisReport as inadecuate




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Aquaporin 1 AQP1 is a member of the transmembrane water channel family of proteins with special structural features, and two AQP1 paralogous genes aqp1aa and aqp1ab are reported in teleosts. In the present study, the aqp1aa gene of half-smooth tongue sole Cynoglossus semilaevis was cloned and characterized. The full-length cDNA of aqp1aa is 1411 bp with a 786 bp open reading frame encoding a 261-amino acid putative protein with a characteristic structure consisting of 6 membrane-spanning α-helical domains and two highly conserved asparagine—proline—alanine motifs. Real-time quantitative PCR revealed that aqp1aa mRNA is expressed predominantly in the testis of males and pseudo-males, while its expression is low in the ovary and lowest in doublesex and mab-3-related transcription factor 1DMRT1 knock out fish and triploid males. In situ hybridization indicated that aqp1aa mRNA is expressed mainly in the germ cells of males and pseudo-males, especially in spermatozoa and spermatids. These results suggest that the aqp1aa may play a role in spermatogenesis of C. semilaevis.



Author: Hua Guo , Min Wei , Yang Liu, Ying Zhu, Wenteng Xu, Liang Meng, Na Wang, Changwei Shao, Sheng Lu, Fengtao Gao, Zhongkai Cui, Zhan

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