PUBLICATION

Chromosomal Organization, Evolutionary Relationship, and Expression of Zebrafish GnRH Family Members

Authors
Kuo, M.W., Lou, S.W., Postlethwait, J., and Chung, B.C.
ID
ZDB-PUB-050907-7
Date
2005
Source
Journal of Biomedical Science   12(4): 629-639 (Journal)
Registered Authors
Chung, Bon-chu, Postlethwait, John H.
Keywords
GnRH, LHRH, sGnRH, cGnRH-II, zebrafish, olfactory
MeSH Terms
  • Animals
  • Brain/metabolism
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes/ultrastructure*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary/metabolism
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone/analogs & derivatives*
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone/biosynthesis
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone/genetics*
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Models, Genetic
  • Oligopeptides/biosynthesis
  • Oligopeptides/genetics*
  • Phylogeny
  • Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid/analogs & derivatives*
  • Species Specificity
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Zebrafish
PubMed
16132106 Full text @ J. Biomed. Sci.
Abstract
Multiple forms of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) are found in different vertebrates. In this study, we have cloned cDNA encoding the full-length gnrh3 and gnrh2 from zebrafish brain and characterized their structure and expression patterns. We performed phylogenetic analysis and compared conserved syntenies in the region surrounding the GnRH genes from human, chicken, pufferfish, and zebrafish genores. The gnrh3 and gnrh2 genes were mapped to LG17 and LG21, respectively. The zebrafish genome appears to lack an ortholog to human GNRH1, and the human genome appears to lack an ortholog of gnrh3. Expression of gnrh3 began in the olfactory pit at 24-26 h postfertilization and expanded to the olfactory bulb during early larval stage. Expression of gnrh2 is always in the midbrain. In addition, GnRH is also expressed in boundary cells surrounding seminiferous cysts of the testis. Thus, this detailed phylogenetic, chromosomal comparison, and expression study defines the identity and the evolutionary relationship of two zebrafish gnrh genes. We propose a model describing the evolution of gnrh genes involving ancestral duplication of the genes followed by selective loss of one gene in some teleosts.
Genes / Markers
Figures
Expression
Phenotype
Mutation and Transgenics
Human Disease / Model Data
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Fish
Antibodies
Orthology
Engineered Foreign Genes
Errata and Notes