Genet. Sel. Evol.
Volume 34, Number 1, January-February 2002
|Page(s)||129 - 137|
Genet. Sel. Evol. 34 (2002) 129-137
SRY-related genes in the genome of the rice field eel (Monopterus albus)Rongjia Zhoua, Hanhua Chenga, Quiyang Zhangb, Yiqing Guoa, Richard K. Cooperb and Terrence R. Tierschc
a Department of Genetics and Center for Developmental Biology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, PR China
b Department of Veterinary Science, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
c Aquaculture Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
(Received 4 December 2000; accepted 12 June 2001)
The mammalian sex determining gene, SRY, is the founding member of the new growing family of Sox (SRY-like HMG-box gene) genes. Sox genes encode transcription factors with diverse roles in development, and a few of them are involved in sex determination and differentiation. We report here the existence of Sox genes in the rice field eel, Monopterus albus, and DNA sequence information of the HMG box region of five Sox genes. The Sox1, Sox4 and Sox14 genes do not have introns in the HMG box region. The Sox9 gene and Sox17 gene, which each have an intron in the conserved region, show strong identity at the amino acid level with the corresponding genes of mammals and chickens. Similar structure and identity of the Sox9 and Sox17 genes among mammals, chickens and fish suggest that these genes have evolutionarily conserved roles, potentially including sex determination and differentiation.
Key words: fish / Sox / cloning / sex determination
Correspondence and reprints: Rongjia Zhou
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