Endocrinology 2016 Nov 1;157(11):4388-4399. Epub 2016 Sep 1.
College of Fisheries (Y.G., D.L.), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China; College of Animal Science and Technology (Y.G., D.J., Q.H.), Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China; Freshwater Aquaculture Collaborative Innovation Center of Hubei Province (Y.G., D.L.), Wuhan 430070, China; Engineering Laboratory of Pond Aquaculture in Hubei Province (Y.G., D.L.), Wuhan 430070, China; Key Laboratory of Freshwater Animal Breeding (D.L.), Ministry of Agriculture, Wuhan 430070, China; Collaborative Innovation Center for Efficient and Health Production of Fisheries in Hunan Province (D.L.), Key Laboratory of Health Aquaculture and Product Processing in Dongting Lake Area of Hunan Province, Hunan University of Arts and Science, Changde 415000, China.
Two foxl2 paralogs, foxl2 (also named foxl2a) and foxl3 (also named foxl2b), were considered as fish-specific duplicates. Both belong to the Forkhead box family of transcription factors, which play important roles in regulating reproduction involved in sexual differentiation and regulation of primordial germ cell and gonadal somatic cell development. We isolated the complete foxl3 cDNA from the rice field eel (Monopterus albus), which undergoes a natural female-to-male sex change via an intersex stage during its life cycle. Read More