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Identification of genes differentially expressed by calorie restriction in the rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis)
- A monogonont rotifer Brachionus plicatilis has been widely used as a model organism for physiological, ecological studies and for ecotoxicology. Because of the availability of parthenogenetic mode of reproduction as well as its versatility to be used as live food in aquaculture, the population dynamic studies using the rotifer have become more important and acquired the priority over those using other species. Although many studies have been conducted to identify environmental factors that influence rotifer populations, the molecular mechanisms involved still remain to be elucidated. In this study, gene(s) differentially expressed by calorie restriction in the rotifer was analyzed, where a calorie-restricted group was fed 3h day-1 and a well-fed group fed ad libitum. A subtracted cDNA library from the calorie-restricted rotifer was con-structed using suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH). One hundred sixty-three expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were identiWed, which included 109 putative genes with a high identity to known genes in the publicly available database as well as 54 unknown ESTs. After assembling, a total of 38 different genes were obtained among 109 ESTs. Further validation of expression by semi-quantitative reverse transcription-PCR showed that 29 out of the 38 genes obtained by SSH were up regulated by calorie restriction.
Aung Kyaw Swar Oo
- Journal of Comparative Physiology B