Differential Expression of miR-34c and Its Predicted Target Genes in Testicular Tissue at Different Development Stages of Swine

  • Zhang, Xiaojun (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Zhao, Wei (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Li, Chuanmin (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Yu, Haibin (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Qiao, YanYan (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Li, Aonan (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Lu, Chunyan (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Zhao, Zhihui (College of Animal Science, Jilin University) ;
  • Sun, Boxing (College of Animal Science, Jilin University)
  • Received : 2015.01.16
  • Accepted : 2015.04.29
  • Published : 2015.11.01


To verified the target genes of miR-34c, bioinformatics software was used to predict the targets of miR-34c. Three possible target genes of miR-34c related to spermatogenesis and male reproductive development: zinc finger protein 148 (ZNF148), kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), and platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) were predicted. Then, the expression of miR-34c and its target genes were detected in swine testicular tissue at different developmental stages by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The results suggested that the expression of PDGFRA has the highest negative correlation with miR-34c. Then immunohistochemical staining was done to observe the morphology of swine testicular tissue at 2-days and 3, 4, 5-months of age, which indicated that PDGFRA was mainly expressed in the support cells near the basement membrane during the early development stages of testicular tissue, but that the expression of PDGFRA was gradually reduced in later stages. Therefore, western blot analyzed that the highest expression of PDGFRA was generated in 2-days old testicular tissues and the expression levels reduced at 3 and 4-months old, which correlated with the results of immunohistochemical staining. In conclusion, PDGFRA is a target gene of miR-34c.


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