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Conference Paper: Molecular and functional characterization of a testis-specific TRS4 gene in spermatogenesis

TitleMolecular and functional characterization of a testis-specific TRS4 gene in spermatogenesis
Authors
Issue Date2009
Citation
The 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF), St Catherine’s College, Oxford, U.K., 12-14 July 2009. How to Cite?
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Spermatogenesis is a process in which diploid spermatogonia undergo mitotic, meiotic divisions and cellular differentiation to produce haploid spermatozoa that are capable to fertilize an egg. To understand the molecular mechanisms on how spermatogenesis in rodents is regulated, we investigated the gene expression of heat-treated testis in a rat model and identified TRS4 as a heat-sensitive gene in testis. Mouse TRS4 gene is located at chromosome 6A 3.1 with 13 exons, which encodes a protein with a predicted molecular weight, 90 kDa. Bioinformatic analysis showed that TRS4 has a high sequence homology among rat, mouse and human. TRS4 protein possesses an ubiquitin domain near N-terminus and an IQ-calmodulin binding motif inside exon 4-6 region of the gene. METHODS: In this study, we aimed: (i) to study the spatiotemporal expression of TRS4 mRNA in mouse tissues and post-natal mouse testes by quantitative PCR; (ii) to study interacting partners of TRS4 protein in the testis; and (iii) to generate TRS4 conditionally knockout mice by genetargeting approach. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Quantitative PCR studies showed that TRS4 mRNA was specifically expressed in the testis and post-natally on Day 20 onward. TRS4 mRNA was also localized at the spermatids stage of seminiferous tubules of adult mouse testes by in-situ hybridization. By co-immunoprecipitation and Western blotting, TRS4 was found to interact with α-actin, but not VAD1.2 and VAD1.3 (acrosome-expressing proteins), or syntaxin 1. TRS4 conditional gene targeting vector was constructed by flanking the exon 4-6 region of TRS4 gene with two LoxP sites. The Cre/Flp recombination of this completed vector was characterized in vivo by 293-Cre and 293-Flp E.Coli cells respectively. Putative TRS4 targeted mouse ES clones were being screened by Southern Blotting. Results from the present study should shed light to understand the role of TRS4 in spermatogenesis.
DescriptionSRF Student Prize: O23
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126768

 

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dc.contributor.authorTang, AYBen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLiu, YXen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYeung, WSBen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, KFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T12:47:21Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T12:47:21Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF), St Catherine’s College, Oxford, U.K., 12-14 July 2009.en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126768-
dc.descriptionSRF Student Prize: O23-
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Spermatogenesis is a process in which diploid spermatogonia undergo mitotic, meiotic divisions and cellular differentiation to produce haploid spermatozoa that are capable to fertilize an egg. To understand the molecular mechanisms on how spermatogenesis in rodents is regulated, we investigated the gene expression of heat-treated testis in a rat model and identified TRS4 as a heat-sensitive gene in testis. Mouse TRS4 gene is located at chromosome 6A 3.1 with 13 exons, which encodes a protein with a predicted molecular weight, 90 kDa. Bioinformatic analysis showed that TRS4 has a high sequence homology among rat, mouse and human. TRS4 protein possesses an ubiquitin domain near N-terminus and an IQ-calmodulin binding motif inside exon 4-6 region of the gene. METHODS: In this study, we aimed: (i) to study the spatiotemporal expression of TRS4 mRNA in mouse tissues and post-natal mouse testes by quantitative PCR; (ii) to study interacting partners of TRS4 protein in the testis; and (iii) to generate TRS4 conditionally knockout mice by genetargeting approach. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Quantitative PCR studies showed that TRS4 mRNA was specifically expressed in the testis and post-natally on Day 20 onward. TRS4 mRNA was also localized at the spermatids stage of seminiferous tubules of adult mouse testes by in-situ hybridization. By co-immunoprecipitation and Western blotting, TRS4 was found to interact with α-actin, but not VAD1.2 and VAD1.3 (acrosome-expressing proteins), or syntaxin 1. TRS4 conditional gene targeting vector was constructed by flanking the exon 4-6 region of TRS4 gene with two LoxP sites. The Cre/Flp recombination of this completed vector was characterized in vivo by 293-Cre and 293-Flp E.Coli cells respectively. Putative TRS4 targeted mouse ES clones were being screened by Southern Blotting. Results from the present study should shed light to understand the role of TRS4 in spermatogenesis.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual Conference of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility-
dc.titleMolecular and functional characterization of a testis-specific TRS4 gene in spermatogenesisen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailTang, AYB: ybtang@graduate.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYeung, WSB: wsbyeung@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLee, KF: ckflee@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityYeung, WSB=rp00331en_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLee, KF=rp00458en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros173368en_HK
dc.description.otherThe 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF), St Catherine’s College, Oxford, U.K., 12-14 July 2009.-

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