Zhaowei Cai

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Recent studies have indicated that low serum testosterone levels are associated with increased risk of developing hepatic steatosis; however, the mechanisms mediating this phenomenon have not been fully elucidated. To gain insight into the role of testosterone in modulating hepatic steatosis, we investigated the effects of testosterone on the development of(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are class of molecular regulators found to participate in numerous biological processes, such as adipogenesis and obesity in mammals. To determine the roles of miRNAs involved in castration-induced body fatness, we investigated the different miRNA expression patterns in subcutaneous adipose tissue between intact and castrated male pigs.(More)
Testosterone deficiency is associated with increased serum cholesterol levels. However, how testosterone deficiency precisely affects cholesterol metabolism remains unclear. Therefore, in the current study, we examined the effect of testosterone deficiency on cholesterol metabolism and liver gene expression in pigs fed a high-fat and high-cholesterol (HFC)(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important modulators of skeletal muscle development in multiple mammalian species, but their role in skeletal muscle growth in castrated male pigs has not been well studied. The aim of the present study was to determine the role of miRNAs in longissimus dorsi muscle under castration. Our results showed that castration caused a(More)
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone receptor (TRHR) is a G-protein-coupled receptor that plays a crucial role in regulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis by conveying the action of the hypothalamic tripeptide TRH, which is the primary central activator of this hormonal cascade. In the present study, the porcine TRHR (pTRHR) gene was localized to(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNA molecules, play important roles in gene expressions at transcriptional and post-transcriptional stages in mammalian brain. So far, a growing number of porcine miRNAs and their function have been identified, but little is known regarding the porcine developing hypothalamus and pituitary. In the present(More)
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine organ modulating development, growth, and metabolism, mainly by controlling the synthesis and secretion of thyroid hormones (THs). However, little is known about the pig thyroid transcriptome. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate gene expression and play critical roles in many cellular processes. Yorkshire pigs(More)
As typical Chinese indigenous pig breeds, Erhualian and Meishan have been widely used to produce new strain or breed in the world. However, the genetic basis of characteristics of these pig breeds is still limited. Moreover, considering cost and output of sequencing, it is necessary to further develop cost-effective method for pig genome screening. To(More)
Testosterone deficiency causes fat deposition, particularly in visceral fat, and its replacement might reverse fat accumulation, however, the underlying mechanisms of such processes under diet-induced adiposity are largely unknown. To gain insights into the genome-wide role of androgen on visceral adipose tissue (VAT), RNA-Seq was used to investigate(More)
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