Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.505, No.4, 1084-1089, 2018
Molecular cloning and characterization of a novel Y-box gene from planarian Dugesia japonica
Y-box binding protein (YB protein) is an ancient conserved multifunctional DNA/RNA-binding protein. A novel YB protein DjY2 gene from planarian Dugesia japonica was cloned by RACE method and characterized. This cDNA contains 689 bp with a putative open reading frame of 197 amino acids. It has a predicted molecular mass of 22.14 kDa and an isoelectric point of 9.67. Whole-mount in situ hybridization and relative quantitative real-time PCR were used to study the spatial and temporal expression pattern of DjY2 in the process of planarian regeneration. Results showed that DjY2 was expressed in many parts of the body in intact planarian, but the expression level was low in head and pharynx. The transcripts of DjY2 was significantly increased both at the head parts and the tail parts after amputation, especially at the site of cutting. The spatial expression gradually recovered to the state of intact planarian with the time of regeneration. Our results indicated that DjY2 might participate in the process of regeneration in planarian. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.