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Molecular cloning and sequence of gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) alpha-skeletal actin: tissue and developmental expression.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, 26 Ploutonos Street, 41221, Larissa, Greece.


In the present study, the Sparus aurata alpha-skeletal actin was cloned from a mixed larvae complementary DNA library. The clone isolated was 1523 bp long with an open reading frame of 1134 bp coding for a 377-amino acid protein. The deduced amino acid sequence of sea bream alpha-actin is identical to Fugu alpha-actin-1. The expression of alpha-actin was initiated at the onset of segmentation. In adult fish, alpha-actin is expressed predominantly in white and red muscle.

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