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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(11), 2424;

PDGFRα Regulated by miR-34a and FoxO1 Promotes Adipogenesis in Porcine Intramuscular Preadipocytes through Erk Signaling Pathway

Laboratory of Animal Fat Deposition & Muscle Development, College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
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Received: 7 October 2017 / Revised: 4 November 2017 / Accepted: 11 November 2017 / Published: 15 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry)
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Suitable intramuscular fat (IMF) content improves porcine meat quality. The vital genes regulating IMF deposition are necessary for the selection and breeding of an IMF trait. However, the effect and mechanism of PDGFRα on IMF deposition are still unclear. Here, PDGFRα is moderately expressed in porcine longissimus dorsi muscle (LD), whereas it highly expressed in white adipose tissue (WAT). Moreover, PDGFRα-positive cells were located in the gaps of LD fibers which there were IMF adipocytes. Compared with 180-day-old and lean-type pigs, the levels of PDGFRα were much higher in one-day-old and fat-type pigs. Meanwhile the levels of PDGFRα gradually decreased during IMF preadipocyte differentiation. Furthermore, PDGFRα promoted adipogenic differentiation through activating Erk signaling pathway. Based on PDGFRα upstream regulation analysis, we found that the knockdown of FoxO1 repressed lipogenesis by downregulating PDGFRα, and miR-34a inhibited adipogenesis through targeting PDGFRα. Collectively, PDGFRα is a positive regulator of IMF deposition. Therefore, we suggest that PDGFRα is a possible target to improve meat quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: pig; PDGFRα; intramuscular fat; adipogenesis; miR-34a; FoxO1 pig; PDGFRα; intramuscular fat; adipogenesis; miR-34a; FoxO1

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Sun, Y.-M.; Qin, J.; Liu, S.-G.; Cai, R.; Chen, X.-C.; Wang, X.-M.; Pang, W.-J. PDGFRα Regulated by miR-34a and FoxO1 Promotes Adipogenesis in Porcine Intramuscular Preadipocytes through Erk Signaling Pathway. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2424.

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