Blue Fin Tuna (BFT), Thunnus thynnus, has been seriously endangered by global massive overfishing and by the pollution of marine environment. Feeding and fattening of caught tuna in marine cages is a recent resource, but the development of a self-sustained aquaculture activity, being independent from the supply of wild fish, is required from both industrial and conservation perspectives. At this scope, several technical problems have to be solved and the control of reproduction is the cardinal one. Beside the technological developments of farming facilities and protocols, a molecular approach seems promising for the studies of appropriate nutritional strategies, reproduction physiology and animal welfare, as well as lifestyle and response to endocrine disruptor pollutants. In this context, we have started an EST project on this species sequencing 2743, 2907, and 3014 clones from expression libraries of ovary, testis and liver, respectively, and 1499 clones from an ovary normalized library. Thanks to this project, we have identified several sequences with known function in other organisms, but not previously described in this species. Among the new genes, 712 were found only in the expression library of the ovary, 613 in that of the testis and 318 in that of the liver, while 324 additional genes were shared by two or more expression libraries; other 127 genes not found in the expression libraries were obtained from the ovary normalized library. This represents a contribution to the knowledge of the molecular basis of BFT and a necessary step for facilitating further molecular studies on this species.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Titolo:||Genes expressed in Blue Fin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) liver and gonads.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.gene.2007.12.012|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000254727200025|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-40649122466|
|Parole Chiave:||marine biotechnology, aquaculture, animal biotechnology, transcriptome, EST|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su Rivista|