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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Animal and Nutritional Sciences


In fish, protein-coding and noncoding genes involved in muscle atrophy are not fully characterized. In this study, we characterized coding and noncoding genes involved in gonadogenesis-associated muscle atrophy, and investigated the potential functional interplay between these genes. Using RNA- Seq, we compared expression pattern of mRNAs, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and microRNAs of atrophying skeletal muscle from gravid females and control skeletal muscle from age-matched sterile individuals. A total of 852 mRNAs, 1,160 lncRNAs and 28 microRNAs were differentially expressed (DE) between the two groups. Muscle atrophy appears to be mediated by many genes encoding ubiquitin- proteasome system, autophagy related proteases, lysosomal proteases and transcription factors. Transcripts encoding atrogin-1 and mir-29 showed exceptional high expression in atrophying muscle, suggesting an important role in bulk muscle proteolysis. DE genes were co-localized in the genome with strong expression correlation, and they exhibited extensive ‘lncRNA-mRNA’, ‘lncRNA-microRNA’, ‘mRNA-microRNA’ and ‘lncRNA-protein’ physical interactions. DE genes exhibiting potential functional interactions comprised the highly correlated ‘lncRNA-mRNA-microRNA’ gene network described as ‘degradome’. This study pinpoints extensive coding and noncoding RNA interactions during muscle atrophy in fish, and provides valuable resources for future mechanistic studies.

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Paneru, B., Ali, A., Al-Tobasei, R., Kenney, B., & Salem, M. (2018). Crosstalk among lncRNAs, microRNAs and mRNAs in the muscle “degradome” of rainbow trout. Scientific Reports, 8(1).


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