The polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-like protein 5 (GALNTL5) is a newly identified protein that is specifically expressed in testis tissue and participates in spermatogenesis. In this study, we characterized a novel bovine GALNTL5 splice variant, designated as GALNTL5-AS, by using real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and clone sequencing methods. The novel GALNTL5 isoform was derived from the complete transcript, GALNTL5-complete, via alternative splicing (AS). The pattern of the splice variant was exon skipping.
Amelogenin is a major protein of the developing enamel matrix. There are two amelogenin genes (AMELX and AMELY) located on the X and Y chromosomes, respectively, in dogs. In the present study, we characterized full-length cDNAs and alternative splicing patterns of the AMEL genes in the tooth tissue of a dog by 5'- and 3'-rapid amplification of cDNA ends and AMEL-specific RT-PCR. Sequence analysis revealed that the coding regions of AMELX and AMELY were 579 and 576 bp (accession Nos. KP244310 and KP244311), respectively.
The quantity, quality, and distribution of eumelanin and pheomelanin determine a wide variety of coat colors in animals. Three coat color variants exist in farmed wild-type Chinese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides procyonoides), which is an important fur-bearing animal species. The ASIP gene is an important candidate gene for coat color variation in some species. In this study, the complete cDNA sequences of ASIP were amplified from a wild-type Chinese raccoon dog.