In this study, a full-length cDNA sequence of SoxE (subgroup E within the Sox family of transcription factors) was cloned from Macrobrachium nipponense and named MnSoxE1. The full-length cDNA of MnSoxE1 is 1748 bp, consisting of a 110 bp 5' UTR, a 105 bp 3' UTR, and a 1533 bp ORF that encodes 510 amino acids. Conserved domains showed that MnSoxE1 has a high similarity to the SoxE gene of Penaeus vannamei. Phylogenetic tree analysis classified that MnSoxE1 with the SoxE gene of other arthropods into one clade. These results suggested that MnSoxE1 belongs to the SoxE subgroup. During embryonic development, MnSoxE1 was mainly expressed in the gastrula stage, implicating its involvement in tissue cell differentiation and formation. In the post-larval stages, the expression of MnSoxE1 continued to increase on days 1-10. The expression level in males was significantly higher than that in females. Males are clearly distinguishable from females on post-larval day 25, showing that MnSoxE1 may play a role in promoting early development and germ cell and gonadal differentiation, especially for males. qPCR analysis showed that MnSoxE1 may also be involved in oogonium proliferation during ovary development. Further in situ hybridization analysis revealed that MnSoxE1 was mainly located in oocytes and spermatocytes, especially in sertoli cells, and implies that it may be involved in the development of oocytes and spermatocytes, as well as the maintenance of testes in mature prawns. These results indicate that MnSoxE1 is involved in gonadal differentiation and development in M. nipponense, especially testis development.
Keywords: In situ hybridization; Macrobrachium nipponense; SoxE; Temporal and spatial expression.
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