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Genetic Characteristic and RNA-Seq Analysis in Transparent Mutant of Carp–Goldfish Nucleocytoplasmic Hybrid

Hubei Provincial Engineering Laboratory for Pond Aquaculture, College of Fisheries, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Key Lab of Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation Ministry of Agriculture, Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, The Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, Wuhan 430223, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Genes 2019, 10(9), 704;
Received: 17 July 2019 / Revised: 27 August 2019 / Accepted: 7 September 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Animal Genetics and Genomics)
In teleost, pigment in the skin and scales played important roles in various biological processes. Iridophores, one of the main pigment cells in teleost, could produce silver pigments to reflect light. However, the specific mechanism of the formation of silver pigments is still unclear. In our previous study, some transparent mutant individuals were found in the carp–goldfish nucleocytoplasmic hybrid (CyCa hybrid) population. In the present study, using transparent mutants (TM) and wild type (WT) of the CyCa hybrid as a model, firstly, microscopic observations showed that the silver pigments and melanin were both lost in the scales of transparent mutants compared to that in wild types. Secondly, genetic study demonstrated that the transparent trait in the CyCa hybrid was recessively inherent, and controlled by an allele in line with Mendelism. Thirdly, RNA-Seq analysis showed that differential expression genes (DEGs) between wild type and transparent mutants were mainly enriched in the metabolism of guanine, such as hydrolase, guanyl nucleotide binding, guanyl ribonucleotide binding, and GTPase activity. Among the DEGs, purine nucleoside phosphorylase 4a (pnp4a) and endothelin receptor B (ednrb) were more highly expressed in the wild type compared to the transparent mutant (p < 0.05). Finally, miRNA-Seq analysis showed that miRNA-146a and miR-153b were both more highly expressed in the transparent mutant compared to that in wild type (p < 0.05). Interaction analysis between miRNAs and mRNAs indicated that miRNA-146a was associated with six DEGs (MGAT5B, MFAP4, GP2, htt, Sema6b, Obscn) that might be involved in silver pigmentation. View Full-Text
Keywords: transparent mutant; iridophore; pigmentation; RNA-Seq; miRNA; guanine transparent mutant; iridophore; pigmentation; RNA-Seq; miRNA; guanine
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Zhou, L.; Liang, H.; Zhou, X.; Jia, J.; Ye, C.; Hu, Q.; Xu, S.; Yu, Y.; Zou, G.; Hu, G. Genetic Characteristic and RNA-Seq Analysis in Transparent Mutant of Carp–Goldfish Nucleocytoplasmic Hybrid. Genes 2019, 10, 704.

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