Transcriptomic Analyses Reveal Novel Genes with Sexually Dimorphic Expression in Yellow Catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) Brain
Marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma) were exposed to 2,2',4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) to investigate the gender-specific transcriptional profiles of liver tissue in response to this flame retardant. A cDNA library of O. melastigma was constructed, and 2304 clones were amplified from the library to fabricate a cDNA microarray. Sequences of these genes were assembled into 1800 sequences using Geneious, a bioinformatics software. Corresponding expressed sequence tags were blasted against the National Centre for Biotechnology Information non-redundant database and further classified into various biological categories according to the Gene Ontology project. Male and female three-month-old were fed a diet of BDE-47 contaminated Artemia at low dosage (290.3±172.3ng BDE-47/day) and high dosage (580.5±344.6ng BDE-47/day) for 5 and 21 days, respectively. The transcriptional profiles of O. melastigma liver were then generated by the species-specific cDNA microrarray. The results from microarray analysis suggested very different gene expression patterns between males and females for both BDE-47 exposure-dose and exposure-time, with male livers having stronger gene regulatory responses than female livers. Importantly, our results revealed that in male O. melastigma only, BDE-47 exposure may activate phosphoinositide-3-kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinase, proteins that play importance roles in cell growth, proliferation and survival.