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Title: Molecular characterization of gonad-inhibiting hormone of Penaeus monodon and elucidation of its inhibitory role in vitellogenin expression by RNA interference
Authors: Supattra Treerattrakool
Sakol Panyim
Siu Ming Chan
Boonsirm Withyachumnarnkul
Apinunt Udomkit
Mahidol University
The University of Hong Kong
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2008
Citation: FEBS Journal. Vol.275, No.5 (2008), 970-980
Abstract: One of the important peptide hormones that control reproduction in crustaceans is gonad-inhibiting hormone (GIH). GIH is known to modulate gonad maturation by inhibiting synthesis of vitellogenin (Vg), the precursor of yolk proteins. In this study, a cDNA encoding a GIH (Pem-GIH) from the eyestalk of Penaeus monodon was cloned using RT-PCR and RACE techniques. Pem-GIH cDNA is 861 bp in size with a single ORF of 288 bp. The deduced Pem-GIH consists of a 17-residue signal peptide and a mature peptide region of 79 amino acids with features typical of type II peptide hormones from the CHH family. Pem-GIH transcript was detected in eyestalk, brain, thoracic and abdominal nerve cords of adult P. monodon. The gonad-inhibiting activity of Pem-GIH was investigated using the RNA interference technique. Double-stranded RNA, corresponding to the mature Pem-GIH sequence, can trigger a decrease in Pem-GIH transcript levels both in eyestalk ganglia and abdominal nerve cord explant culture and in female P. monodon broodstock. The conspicuous increase in Vg transcript level in the ovary of GIH-knockdown shrimp suggests a negative influence for Pem-GIH on Vg gene expression, and thus implies its role as a gonad-inhibiting hormone. This is the first report to demonstrate the use of double-stranded RNA to elucidate the function of GIH in P. monodon. © 2008 The Authors.
ISSN: 17424658
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