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Title: Transient and stable GFP expression in germ cells by the vasa regulatory sequences from the red Seabream (Pagrus major)
Authors: Lin, F.
Liu, Q.
Li, M. 
Li, Z. 
Hong, N.
Li, J.
Hong, Y. 
Keywords: GFP
Pagrus major
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2012
Citation: Lin, F., Liu, Q., Li, M., Li, Z., Hong, N., Li, J., Hong, Y. (2012-06-16). Transient and stable GFP expression in germ cells by the vasa regulatory sequences from the red Seabream (Pagrus major). International Journal of Biological Sciences 8 (6) : 882-890. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the precursors of gametes responsible for genetic trans-mission to the next generation. They provide an ideal system for cryopreservation and restoration of biodiversity. Recently, considerable attention has been raised to visualize, isolate and transplant PGCs within and between species. In fish, stable PGC visualization in live embryo and individual has been limited to laboratory fish models such as medaka and zebrafish. One exception is the rainbow trout, which represents the only species with aq-uaculture importance and has GFP-labeled germ cells throughout development. PGCs can be transiently labeled by embryonic injection of mRNA containing green fluorescence protein gene (GFP) and 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of a maternal germ gene such as vasa, nos1, etc. Stable PGC labeling can be achieved through production of transgenic animals by some transcriptional regulatory sequences from germ genes, such as the vasa promoter and 3'-UTR. In this study, we reported the functional analyses of the red seabream vasa (Pmvas) regulatory sequences, using medaka as a model system. It was showed that injection of GFP-Pmvas3'UTR mRNA was able to label medaka PGCs during embryogenesis. Besides, we have constructed pPmvasGFP transgenic vector, and established a stable transgenic medaka line exhibiting GFP expression in germ cells including PGCs, mitotic and meiotic germ cells of both sexes, under control of the Pmvas transcriptional regulatory sequences. It is concluded that the Pmvas regulatory sequences examined in this study are sufficient for germ cell expression and la-beling. © Ivyspring International Publisher.
Source Title: International Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN: 14492288
DOI: 10.7150/ijbs.4421
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