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YUE Ming-Jin, MO Sai-Jun, SONG Ping, GONG Yan-Zhang. Identification of Z-OTU protein during zebrafish oogenesis and early embryogenesis. Zoological Research, 2011, 32(4): 386-390. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.04386
Citation: YUE Ming-Jin, MO Sai-Jun, SONG Ping, GONG Yan-Zhang. Identification of Z-OTU protein during zebrafish oogenesis and early embryogenesis. Zoological Research, 2011, 32(4): 386-390. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.04386

Identification of Z-OTU protein during zebrafish oogenesis and early embryogenesis

doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2011.04386
Funds:  This work was supported by grants from the ICGEB (International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) (CRP/CHN02-01) (SONG Ping); the National Basic Research Program of China (2004CB117400) (SONG Ping); the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30150005; 30270675) (SONG Ping)
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    YUE Ming-Jin,E-mail:ymjmsj0618@yahoo.com.cn

  • Corresponding author: SONG Ping, GONG Yan-Zhang
  • Received Date: 2010-11-08
  • Rev Recd Date: 2011-04-27
  • Publish Date: 2011-08-22
  • Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Z-OTU, containing OTU and TUDOR domains, was predicted to be a member of OTU-related protease, a family of the deubiquitylating enzymes (DUBs). A previous report from our laboratory clearly describes the expression patterns of z-otu mRNA. Here, we characterized the Z-OTU protein during zebrafish oogenesis and early embryogenesis. After prokaryotic expression, the recombinant protein of the OTU domain and GST was purified and injected into rabbits to obtain the polyclonal antibody-anti-Z-OTU, which was used for immunohistochemistry in zebrafish ovaries and embryos. Interestingly, obvious differences existed between the expression patterns of z-otu mRNA and its protein during oogenesis and early embryogenesis. In stage I oocytes, z-otu mRNA was detected in cytoplasm while its protein existed in the germinal vesicle. In addition, its protein was distributed during entire oogenesis, while mRNA was not detected in oocytes at stage IV or mature oocytes. The z-otu mRNA disappeared after midblastula transition (MBT) and its protein gradually decreased after this stage. We inferred that Z-OTU protein, like other OTU-related protease with DUB activity, was required for germinal vesicle breakdown of oocytes during meiosis, germinal vesicle migration, and embryo cleavage maintenance.
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