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Developmental and Comparative Immunology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089718/cathelicidin-antimicrobial-peptide-from-alligator-mississippiensis-has-antibacterial-activity-against-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumanii-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#1
Stephanie M Barksdale, Evelyn J Hrifko, Monique L van Hoek
Alligator mississippiensis (American alligator), a member of order Crocodilia, lives in bacteria-laden environments but is not often known to succumb to bacterial infections. Their serum has been shown to have antibacterial activity beyond that of human serum, and it is believed that this activity is partially due to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs). CAMPs are produced by many organisms as part of the innate immune system. CAMPs are attractive possible therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as those found in biofilm-infected war wounds, because they seldom cause genetic resistance in bacteria and are effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria...
January 12, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088353/expansion-and-differentiation-of-igm-b-cells-in-the-rainbow-trout-peritoneal-cavity-in-response-to-different-antigens
#2
Rosario Castro, Beatriz Abós, Lucia González, Aitor G Granja, Carolina Tafalla
To date, intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection seems to be the most effective vaccination route in aquaculture, as many i.p. administered fish vaccines are capable of conferring strong and long-lasting immune responses. Despite this, how peritoneal leukocytes are regulated upon antigen encounter has only been scarcely studied in fish. Although, in the past, myeloid cells were thought to be the main responders to peritoneal inflammation, a recent study revealed that IgM(+) B cells are one of the main cell types in the teleost peritoneal cavity in response to pathogenic bacteria...
January 11, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082184/identification-and-function-analysis-of-an-anti-lipopolysaccharide-factor-from-the-ridgetail-prawn-exopalaemon-carinicauda
#3
Xinjia Lv, Shihao Li, Fei Liu, Fuhua Li, Jianhai Xiang
Anti-lipopolysaccharide factor is a kind of antimicrobial peptide (AMP) with broad-spectrum activities against bacteria, virus, and fungi in crustacean. Different isoforms of ALFs showed different activities to virus or bacteria. Therefore, discovery of more ALFs will provide new insights into drug development and disease control. Here we reported an ALF gene, EcALF1, isolated from the ridgetail prawn Exopalaemon carinicauda. Its transcripts was mainly detected in hemocytes. Silencing of EcALF1 caused a lesion of hepatopancreas and finally led to death of the prawn...
January 9, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069433/dual-recognition-activity-of-a-rhamnose-binding-lectin-to-pathogenic-bacteria-and-zooxanthellae-in-stony-coral-pocillopora-damicornis
#4
Zhi Zhou, Xiaopeng Yu, Jia Tang, Yunjie Zhu, Guangmei Chen, Liping Guo, Bo Huang
Rhamnose-binding lectin (RBL) is a type of Ca(2+)-independent lectin with tandem repeat carbohydrate-recognition domain, and is crucial for the innate immunity in many invertebrates. In this study, the cDNA sequence encoding RBL in coral Pocillopora damicornis (PdRBL-1) was cloned. The PdRBL-1 protein shared highest amino acid sequence similarity (55%) with the polyp of Hydra vulgaris, and contained a signal peptide and two tandem carbohydrate-recognition domains in which all cysteine residues were conserved...
January 7, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069431/small-rna-seq-analysis-reveals-microrna-regulation-of-the-imd-pathway-during-escherichia-coli-infection-in-drosophila
#5
Shengjie Li, Li Shen, Lianjie Sun, Jiao Xu, Ping Jin, Liming Chen, Fei Ma
Drosophila have served as a model for research on innate immunity for decades. However, knowledge of the post-transcriptional regulation of immune gene expression by microRNAs (miRNAs) remains rudimentary. In the present study, using small RNA-seq and bioinformatics analysis, we identified 67 differentially expressed miRNAs in Drosophila infected with Escherichia coli compared to injured flies at three time-points. Furthermore, we found that 21 of these miRNAs were potentially involved in the regulation of Imd pathway-related genes...
January 7, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069434/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-a-tep-gene-from-a-crustacean-reveals-its-transcriptional-regulation-mediated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jnk-pathways-and-its-broad-protective-roles-against-multiple-pathogens
#6
Chaozheng Li, Haoyang Li, Bang Xiao, Yonggui Chen, Sheng Wang, Kai Lǚ, Bin Yin, Sedong Li, Jianguo He
Thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) are present in a wide range of species from deuterostomes to protostomes and are thought to be involved in innate immunity. In the current study, a TEP gene homologous to insect TEPs (iTEP) from the crustacean Litopenaeus vannamei, named LvTEP1, is cloned and functionally characterized. The open reading frame (ORF) of LvTEP1 is 4383 bp in length, encoding a polypeptide of 1460 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 161.1 kDa LvTEP1, which is most similar to other TEPs from insects, contains some conserved sequence features, including a N-terminal signal peptide, a canonical thioester (TE) motif, and a C-terminal distinctive cysteine signature...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069432/microrna-expression-changes-after-lipopolysaccharide-treatment-in-gills-of-amphioxus-branchiostoma-belcheri
#7
Xin Liao, Liu Yang, Qilin Zhang, Junyuan Chen
Recently, amphioxus has served as a model for studying the origin and evolution of vertebrate immunity. However, little is known about how microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the immune defense in amphioxus. In this article, we identified the amphioxus miRNAs in the acute-phase response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We determined the time point for the peak of immune response in amphioxus after LPS challenge by evaluating the expression of Branchiostoma belcheri toll-like receptor 1, NF-κb (c-Rel), and big defensin which react with pathogen-associated molecular patterns(PAMPs)...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069430/functional-characterization-of-avidins-in-amphioxus-branchiostoma-japonicum-evidence-for-a-dual-role-in-biotin-binding-and-immune-response
#8
Xiaomin Guo, Jiajing Xin, Peng Wang, Xiaoyuan Du, Guangdong Ji, Zhan Gao, Shicui Zhang
Avidin is well known for its high affinity to biotin and has been found in many egg-laying vertebrate species. However, little is known about avidin in invertebrate species to date. Here we clearly showed the presence of two avidin genes, Bjavidin1 and Bjavidin2, in the amphioxus Branchiostoma japonicum, the first ones in non-vertebrate animals. We also showed that the expression of both Bjavidin1 and Bjavidin2 were inducible by progesterone, LTA and LPS. Moreover, we demonstrated for the first time that in addition to biotin-binding, the recombinant proteins rBjAVIDIN1 and rBjAVIDIN2 were not only able to interact with Gram-positive and negative bacteria as well as their conserved surface components LTA and LPS but also to enhance phagocytosis of bacteria by macrophages, suggesting that BjAVIDIN1 and BjAVIDIN2 both function as pattern recognition receptors and opsonins...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065604/characterization-of-galectin-1-from-chinese-giant-salamanders-andrias-davidianus-and-its-involvements-during-immune-response
#9
Hui Yang, Qingjing Lan, Ranran Liu, Dan Cui, Haixia Liu, Dongmei Xiong, Fenggang Li, Xiaolin Liu, Lixin Wang
Galectins are considered as a multifunctional protein which play essential roles in cell adhesion and apoptosis, inflammation, tumor progression and immune response. In spite of extensive studies of galectin importance in immune system among different animals, few studies have been devoted to their functions in amphibian. In the present study, we characterized one proto type of galectin (named AdGal1) from Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus and studied its function in immune response. AdGal1 cDNA possesses an open reading frame of 598 bp, which encodes a putative galectin of 134 amino acids containing one carbohydrate recognition domains (CRDs)...
January 5, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063885/identification-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-genes-in-channel-catfish-and-their-expression-profiles-in-mucosal-tissues-after-columnaris-bacterial-infection
#10
Xiaozhu Wang, Shikai Liu, Yujia Yang, Qiang Fu, Ash Abebe, Zhanjiang Liu
Interactions of NF-κB family, IκB family and IKK complex are the key components of NF-κB pathway that is essential for many biological processes including innate and adaptive immunity, inflammation and stress responses. In spite of their importance, systematic analysis of these genes in fish has been lacking. Here we report a systematic study of the NF-κB related genes in channel catfish. Five NF-κB family genes, five IκB family genes and three IKK complex genes were identified in the channel catfish genome...
January 4, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062227/interleukin-1%C3%AE-secreted-from-betanodavirus-infected-microglia-caused-the-death-of-neurons-in-giant-grouper-brains
#11
Yu-Hui Chiang, Yu-Chi Wu, Shau-Chi Chi
High interleukin (IL)-1β gene expression was observed in dead giant grouper brains after nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infection. To investigate the neuronal death caused by NNV infection, primary tissue culture of giant grouper brains (pGB) was performed. In NNV-infected pGB cells, the viral capsid protein was detected in both neurons and microglia; furthermore, microglial proliferation and neuronal death were observed. The culture supernatant (CS) of NNV-infected pGB cells contained IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α, which were mainly released from the microglia...
January 3, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062226/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-three-subclasses-of-igt-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#12
Nu Zhang, Xu-Jie Zhang, Dan-Dan Chen, J Oriol Sunyer, Yong-An Zhang
As the teleost specific immunoglobulin, IgT plays important roles in systemic and mucosal immunity. In the current study, in rainbow trout, we have cloned the heavy chain (Igτ) genes of a secretory form of IgT2 as well as the membrane and secretory forms of a third IgT subclass, termed IgT3. Conserved cysteine and tryptophan residues that are crucial for the folding of the immunoglobulin domain as well as hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues within CART motif were identified in all IgT subclasses. Through analysis of the rainbow trout genome assembly, Igτ3 gene was found localized upstream of Igτ1 gene, while Igτ2 gene situated on another scaffold...
January 3, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057508/the-humoral-immune-system-of-anadromous-fish
#13
REVIEW
Patty Zwollo
The immune system of anadromous fish is extremely complex, a direct consequence of their diadromous nature. Hormone levels fluctuate widely throughout their life cycle, as fish move between fresh and salt water. This poses major challenges to the physiology of anadromous fish, including adaptation to very different saline environments, distinct pathogen fingerprints, and different environmental stressors. Elevated cortisol and sex hormone levels inhibit B lymphopoiesis and IgM(+) antibody responses, while catecholamines, growth hormones and thyroid hormones are generally stimulatory and enhance the humoral immune response...
January 2, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042081/two-short-peptidoglycan-recognition-proteins-from-crassostrea-gigas-with-similar-structure-exhibited-different-pamp-binding-activity
#14
Chuanyan Yang, Lingling Wang, Zhihao Jia, Qilin Yi, Qingsong Xu, Weilin Wang, Changhao Gong, Conghui Liu, Linsheng Song
Peptidoglycan recognition protein (PGRP) is an essential molecule in innate immunity for both invertebrates and vertebrates, owing to its prominent ability in specifically recognizing bacterial peptidoglycan (PGN) and eliminating the invading bacteria. In the present study, the full length cDNA of two PGRP genes, CgPGRPS2 and CgPGRPS4, were cloned from oyster Crassostrea gigas. Their amino acid sequences both contained one signal peptide, one typical PGRP/amidase domain with conserved catalytic residues responsible for amidase activity (55H, 90Y, 164H, 172C in CgPGRPS2, and 98H, 133Y, 207H, 215C in CgPGRPS4), and specific PGN recognition (84R, 85W, 104R, 109V in CgPGRPS2, and 127G, 128W, 147R, 152V in CgPGRPS4), and they shared 55...
December 30, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034605/endogenous-egg-immune-defenses-in-the-yellow-mealworm-beetle-tenebrio-molitor
#15
Chris G C Jacobs, Joe D Gallagher, Sophie E F Evison, David G Heckel, Andreas Vilcinskas, Heiko Vogel
In order to survive microbe encounters, insects rely on both physical barriers as well as local and systemic immune responses. Most research focusses on adult or larval defenses however, whereas insect eggs are also in need of protection. Lately, the defense of eggs against microbes has received an increasing amount of attention, be it through endogenous egg defenses, trans-generational immune priming (TGIP) or parental investment. Here we studied the endogenous immune response in eggs and adults of Tenebrio molitor...
December 26, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027939/multiple-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-genes-in-asian-anurans-ontogeny-and-phylogeny
#16
Chelsea Didinger, John A Eimes, Mette Lillie, Bruce Waldman
Amphibians, as the first terrestrial vertebrates, offer a window into early major histocompatibility complex (MHC) evolution. We characterized the MHC class I of two Korean amphibians, the Asiatic toad (Bufo gargarizans) and the Japanese tree frog (Hyla japonica). We found at least four transcribed MHC class I (MHC I) loci, the highest number confirmed in any anuran to date. Furthermore, we identified MHC I transcripts in terrestrial adults, and possibly in aquatic larvae, of both species. We conducted a phylogenetic analysis based on MHC I sequence data and found that B...
December 25, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024871/balancing-selection-on-allorecognition-genes-in-the-colonial-ascidian-botryllus-schlosseri
#17
Marie L Nydam, Emily E Stephenson, Claire E Waldman, Anthony W De Tomaso
Allorecognition is the capability of an organism to recognize its own or related tissues. The colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri, which comprises five genetically distinct and divergent species (Clades A-E), contains two adjacent genes that control allorecognition: fuhc(sec) and fuhc(tm). These genes have been characterized extensively in Clade A and are highly polymorphic. Using alleles from 10 populations across the range of Clade A, we investigated the type and strength of selection maintaining this variation...
December 24, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024872/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-pigeon-columba-livia-tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated-factor-3
#18
Yingying Zhou, Xilong Kang, Dan Xiong, Shanshan Zhu, Huijuan Zheng, Ying Xu, Yaxin Guo, Zhiming Pan, Xinan Jiao
Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 3 (TRAF3) plays a key antiviral role by promoting type I interferon production. We cloned the pigeon TRAF3 gene (PiTRAF3) according to its predicted mRNA sequence to investigate its function. The 1704-bp full-length open reading frame encodes a 567-amino acid protein. One Ring finger, two TRAF-type Zinc fingers, one Coiled coil, and one MATH domain were inferred. RT-PCR showed that PiTRAF3 was expressed in all tissues, with relatively weak expression in the heart and liver...
December 23, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998740/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-the-house-finch-interleukin-1%C3%AE
#19
Myeongseon Park, Sungwon Kim, James S Adelman, Ariel E Leon, Dana M Hawley, Rami A Dalloul
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β), an inflammatory cytokine of the IL-1 family, is primarily produced as a precursor protein by monocytes and macrophages, then matures and becomes activated through proteolytic catalysis. Although the biological characteristics of avian IL-1β are well known, little information is available about its biological role in songbird species such as house finches that are vulnerable to naturally-occurring inflammatory diseases. In this study, house finch IL-1β (HfIL-1β) was cloned, expressed, and its biological function examined...
December 18, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965016/cross-reactivity-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-cd4-1-and-cd8%C3%AE-of-ginbuna-crucian-carp-with-lymphocytes-of-zebrafish-and-other-cyprinid-species
#20
Ryuichiro Miyazawa, Yuta Matsuura, Yasuhiro Shibasaki, Shintaro Imamura, Teruyuki Nakanishi
We have monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against CD4-1 (6D1) and CD8α (2C3) in ginbuna crucian carp Carassius auratus langsdorfii. In our previous studies we showed that 2C3 mAb positive cells are the primary cell type showing specific cytotoxicity against allogeneic targets, suggesting that CD8α(+) lymphocytes in ginbuna are equivalent to cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in mammals. We further demonstrated the helper T cell function of 6D1 mAb positive cells by studying mixed leukocyte culture (MLC) and hapten/carrier effects...
December 11, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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