Publications by authors named "Bo-Xiang Chen"

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Transcriptome comparison reveals insights into muscle response to hypoxia in blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala).

Gene 2017 Aug 18;624:6-13. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Key Lab of Freshwater Animal Breeding, Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, Ministry of Education, College of Fishery, Huazhong Agricultural University, 430070 Wuhan, PR China; Freshwater Aquaculture Collaborative Innovation Center of Hubei Province, 430070 Wuhan, PR China. Electronic address:

The economic and biological significance of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) makes this species important to explore the underlying molecular mechanism of hypoxia response. In the present study, we compared the transcriptional responses to serious hypoxia in skeletal muscle among hypoxia tolerant (MT), sensitive (MS) and control (without hypoxia treatment, MC) M. amblycephala obtained according to the time difference of losing balance after hypoxia treatment. A total of 88,200,889 clean reads were generated and assembled into 44,493 unigenes. Transcriptomic comparison revealed 463 genes differentially expressed among different groups. A similar hypoxia-induced transcription patterns suggested a common hypoxia response involved in cell cycle, p53 signaling pathway, apoptosis, heart contraction and blood circulation. Interesting, four genes, heat shock protein beta-8 (hspb8), cysteine/serine-rich nuclear protein 1 (csrnp1), salt-inducible kinase 1 (sik1), and visinin-like 1a (vsnl1a) were up-regulated in MT Vs MC but down-regulated in MS Vs MC. Additionally, FoxO signaling pathway was significantly enriched only in MT Vs MC. These results not only provided the first insights into the mechanism that muscle tissue coped with the hypoxia stress in cyprinid species, but offered a theory base for breeding of M. amblycephala with hypoxia-resistant traits.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2017.04.023DOI Listing
August 2017

Alternative splicing transcription of Megalobrama amblycephala HIF prolyl hydroxylase PHD3 and up-regulation of PHD3 by HIF-1α.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2016 Jan 15;469(3):737-42. Epub 2015 Dec 15.

Key Lab of Freshwater Animal Breeding, Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, Ministry of Education, College of Fishery, Huazhong Agricultural University, 430070, Wuhan, PR China; Freshwater Aquaculture Collaborative Innovation Center of Hubei Province, 430070, Wuhan, PR China. Electronic address:

PHD3 is a hydroxylase that hydroxylates prolyl residues on hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) in mammals. In this study, the full-length cDNA and promoter sequences of Megalobrama amblycephala PHD3 gene were isolated by a modified RACE method. PHD3 cDNA was 1622 bp in length, including an ORF of 717 bp encoding 238 amino acid residues. The semi-quantitative PCR results suggested that PHD3 was highly expressed in liver in the normal condition, while after hypoxia treatment this gene was significantly increased in all analyzed tissues. PHD3 was detected only in the initial stages of M. amblycephala embryo development. In addition, the presence of another alternatively processed PHD3 transcript, designated PHD3Δ1 was observed in the process of analyzing the expression of PHD3. Both PHD3 and PHD3Δ1 were up-regulated under hypoxia, and had five the hypoxia response elements (HREs) by in silico scanning on the promoter. Further luciferase assay indicated that all HREs significantly responded to hypoxia. Taken together, these results suggest that PHD3 plays important roles in hypoxia response and early embryo development of M. amblycephala.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2015.12.046DOI Listing
January 2016

Identification of MicroRNA for Intermuscular Bone Development in Blunt Snout Bream (Megalobrama amblycephala).

Int J Mol Sci 2015 May 11;16(5):10686-703. Epub 2015 May 11.

College of Fisheries, Key Lab of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction of Ministry of Education/Key Lab of Freshwater Animal Breeding, Ministry of Agriculture, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China.

Intermuscular bone (IB), which occurs only in the myosepta of the lower teleosts, is attracting more attention of researchers due to its particular development and lack of genetic information. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are emerging as important regulators for biological processes. In the present study, miRNAs from IBs and connective tissue (CT; encircled IBs) from six-month-old Megalobrama amblycephala were characterized and compared. The results revealed the sequences and expression levels of 218 known miRNA genes (belonging to 97 families). Of these miRNAs, 44 known microRNA sequences exhibited significant expression differences between the two libraries, with 24 and 20 differentially-expressed miRNAs exhibiting higher expression in the CT and IBs libraries, respectively. The expressions of 11 miRNAs were selected to validate in nine tissues. Among the high-ranked predicted gene targets, differentiation, cell cycle, metabolism, signal transduction and transcriptional regulation were implicated. The pathway analysis of differentially-expressed miRNAs indicated that they were abundantly involved in regulating the development and differentiation of IBs and CT. This study characterized the miRNA for IBs of teleosts for the first time, which provides an opportunity for further understanding of miRNA function in the regulation of IB development.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms160510686DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463670PMC
May 2015

Transcriptome analysis and microsatellite discovery in the blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) after challenge with Aeromonas hydrophila.

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2015 Jul 12;45(1):72-82. Epub 2015 Feb 12.

College of Fisheries, Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction of the Ministry of Education/Key Laboratory of Freshwater Animal Breeding, Ministry of Agriculture, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei 430070, China. Electronic address:

The blunt snout bream, Megalobrama amblycephala, is a herbivorous freshwater fish species native to China and a major aquaculture species in Chinese freshwater polyculture systems. In recent years, the bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila has been reported to be its pathogen causing great losses of farmed fish. To understand the immune response of the blunt snout bream to A. hydrophila infection, we used the Solexa/Illumina technology to analyze the transcriptomic profile after artificial bacterial infection. Two nonnormalized cDNA libraries were synthesized from tissues collected from control blunt snout bream or those injected with A. hydrophila. After assembly, 155,052 unigenes (average length 692.8 bp) were isolated. All unigenes were annotated using BLASTX relative to several public databases: the National Center for Biotechnology Information nonreduntant (Nr) database, SwissProt, Eukaryotic Orthologous Groups of proteins (KOG), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG), and Gene Ontology (GO). The sequence similarity (86%) of the assembled unigenes was to zebrafish based on the Nr database. A number of unigenes (n = 30,482) were assigned to three GO categories: biological processes (25,242 unigenes), molecular functions (26,096 unigenes), and cellular components (22,778 unigenes). 20,909 unigenes were classified into 25 KOG categories and 28,744 unigenes were assigned into 315 specific signaling pathways. In total, 238 significantly differentially expressed unigenes (mapped to 125 genes) were identified: 101 upregulated genes and 24 downregulated genes. Another 303 unigenes were mapped to unknown or novel genes. Among the known expressed genes identified, 53 were immune-related genes and were distributed in 71 signaling pathways. The expression patterns of selected up- and downregulated genes from the control and injected groups were determined with reverse transcription-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR). Microsatellites (n = 10,877), including di-to pentanucleotide repeat motifs, were also identified in the blunt snout bream transcriptome profiles. This study extends our understanding of the immune defense mechanisms of the blunt snout bream against A. hydrophila and provides useful data for further studies of the immunogenetics of this species.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsi.2015.01.034DOI Listing
July 2015