Several studies have documented the process of early embryonic development in poultry; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying its developmental regulation are poorly understood, particularly in ducks. In this study, we analyzed differential gene expression of embryos 6 and 25 h following oviposition to determine which genes regulate the early developmental stage in ducks. Among 216 randomly selected clones, 39 protein-encoding cDNAs that function in metabolism, transcription, transportation, proliferation/apoptosis, cell cycle, cell adhesion, and methylation were identified.
We identified the cDNA sequence of cathepsin L (CatL) in Macrobrachium nipponense, designated as MnCatL, for the first time. The MnCatL cDNA, isolated from the ovary, was 1710 bp in length, containing a 31-bp 5'-untranslated region, a 650-bp 3'-untranslated region, and an open reading frame of 1029 bp, encoding a 342-amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular mass of 37.7 kDa. The polypeptide is composed of an 18-amino acid signal peptide, a 106-amino acid propeptide and a 218-amino acid mature peptide.
RBM22 is a newly discovered RNA-binding motif protein, belonging to the SLT11 family; it has been reported to be involved in pre-splicesome assembly and to interact with the Ca2+-signaling protein ALG-2. However, previous studies have not demonstrated whether its expression is essential for early embryogenesis in vertebrates. We utilized zebrafish as a developmental model to study the role of RBM22 during embryogenesis. The aligned protein sequences of RBM22 were found to be highly conserved.