Animal genetics

Global transcriptional profiling of longissimus thoracis muscle tissue in fetal and juvenile domestic goat using RNA sequencing.

PMID 26364974


Domestic goats are important meat production animals; however, data from transcriptional profiling of skeletal muscle tissue in goat have thus far been scarce. We used comparative transcriptional profiling based on RNA sequencing of longissimus thoracis muscle tissue obtained from fetal goat muscle tissue (27 512 850 clean cDNA reads) and 6-month-old goat muscle tissue (27 582 908 reads) to identify genes that are differentially expressed, novel transcript units and alternative splicing events. Gene annotation revealed that 15 960 and 14 981 genes were expressed in the fetal and juvenile libraries respectively. We detected 6432 differentially expressed genes and, when considering GO terms, found 34, 27 and 55 terms to be significantly enriched in molecular function, cellular component and biological process categories respectively. Pathway analysis revealed that larger numbers of differentially expressed genes were enriched in fetal myogenesis or cell proliferation and differentiation-related pathways (such as Wnt), genes involved in the cell cycle and the Notch signaling pathway, and most of the differentially expressed genes involved in these pathways were downregulated in the juvenile goat library. These genes may be involved in various regulation mechanisms during muscle tissue differentiation between the two development stages examined herein. The identified novel transcript units, including both non-coding and coding RNA, as well as alternative splicing events increase the level of complexity of regulation mechanisms during muscle tissue formation and differentiation. Our study provides a comparative transcriptome analysis on goat muscle tissue, which will provide a valuable genomic resource for future studies investigating the molecular basis of skeletal muscle development.