Molecular characterization, expression analysis of the myostatin gene and its association with growth traits in sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus).

@article{Li2016MolecularCE,
  title={Molecular characterization, expression analysis of the myostatin gene and its association with growth traits in sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus).},
  author={Shilei Li and Zun-chun Zhou and Ying Dong and Hongjuan Sun and Shan Gao and Zhong Chen and Aifu Yang and Weidong Liu and Qingzhi Wang},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={201},
  pages={12-20}
}
Myostatin (MSTN), also referred to as growth and differentiation factor-8 (GDF-8), is a member of the transforming growth factor-β superfamily (TGF-β) and an important negative regulator for skeletal muscle development and growth in vertebrates. However, its function is not clear in invertebrates. In this study, we cloned and analyzed the MSTN gene (Aj-MSTN) from sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus). The full-length cDNA sequence of Aj-MSTN gene was composed of 2912bp, which contained a 5' UTR… CONTINUE READING