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Genetics and Molecular Biology

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DENG, Wenqian et al. Molecular cloning and expression analysis of a zebrafish novel zinc finger protein gene rnf141. Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 2009, vol.32, n.3, pp. 594-600.  Epub July 10, 2009. ISSN 1415-4757.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-47572009005000062.

ZNF230 is a novel zinc finger gene cloned by our laboratory. In order to understand the potential functions of this gene in vertebrate development, we cloned the zebrafish orthologue of human ZNF230, named rnf141. The cDNA fragment of rnf141 was obtained by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). The open reading frame (ORF) encodes a polypeptide of 222 amino acids which shares 75.65% identity with the human ZNF230. RT-PCR analysis in zebrafish embryo and adult tissues revealed that rnf141 transcripts are maternally derived and that rnf141 mRNA has a broad distribution. Zygotic rnf141 message is strongly localized in the central nervous system, as shown by whole-mount in situ hybridization. Knockdown and over expression of rnf141 can induce abnormal phenotypes, including abnormal development of brain, as well as yolk sac and axis extendsion. Marker gene analysis showed that rnf141 may play a role in normal dorsoventral patterning of zebrafish embryos, suggesting that rnf141 may have a broad function during early development of vertebrates.

Keywords : rnf141; zebrafish (Danio rerio); development; zinc finger protein.

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