Zhong-lin Tang

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MicroRNAs are evolutionarily conserved small RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression and have emerged as critical regulators of skeletal muscle development. Here, we identified miR-148a as a novel myogenic microRNA that mediated myogenic differentiation. The expression levels of miR-148a increased during C2C12 myoblast differentiation.(More)
BTG2 and BTG3 are two members of the B-cell translocation gene family with anti-proliferative properties. BTG1 gene in this gene family has been reported to play a key role in muscle growth. In this study, we identified and characterized the porcine BTG2 and BTG3 genes, mapped the two genes to porcine chromosomes, and analyzed their expression differences(More)
Cell proliferation is an important biological process during myogenesis. Tob1 encoded a member of the Tob/BTG family of anti-proliferative proteins. Our previous LongSAGE (Long Serial Analysis of Gene Expression) analysis suggested that Tob1 was differentially expressed during prenatal skeletal muscle development. In this study, we isolated and(More)
The production performance of pigs has been significantly improved due to long-term artificial selection, and the specific variation characterizations (selection signatures) emerged from the selected genome regions. Different types of breeds are subjected to different selection intensities and had different selection signatures. Selective sweep analysis is(More)
As a member of the T cell immunoglobulin domain and mucin domain (TIM) gene family, TIMD4 plays an important role in the immune response. To understand its function more precisely, we isolated it and analyzed its subcellular localization, expression pattern, and associations. The porcine TIMD4 gene included nine exons and eight introns with an open reading(More)
Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are 50- to 300-nt non-coding RNAs that are involved in critical cellular events, including rRNA/snRNA modification and splicing, ribosome genesis, telomerase formulation and cell proliferation. The identification of snoRNAs in the pig, which is a widely consumed commercial organism that also has important functions in medicine(More)
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