Journal article

Multiple alternative splicing and differential expression of dmrt1 during gonad transformation of the rice field eel

X Huang, YQ Guo, Y Shui, S Gao, HS Yu, HH Cheng, RJ Zhou

BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2005

Abstract

Morphologically distinct males and females are observed throughout the animal kingdom. Why and how sex evolved and is maintained in most living organisms remains a key question in cellular and evolutionary biology. Here we report that four isoforms of dmrt1 (dsx- and mab3-related transcription factor 1) are generated in testis, ovotestis, and ovary by alternative splicing in the rice field eel, a fresh water fish that undergoes natural sex reversal from female to male during its life cycle. These transcripts encode four different size proteins with 301, 196, 300, and 205 amino acids. Like fly doublesex splicing, the dmrt1 of the rice field eel is also alternatively spliced at the 3' region, ..

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