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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438599/newly-identified-invertebrate-type-lysozyme-splys-i-in-mud-crab-scylla-paramamosain-exhibiting-muramidase-deficient-antimicrobial-activity
#1
Jian Zhou, Shu Zhao, Wen-Hong Fang, Jun-Fang Zhou, Jing-Xiao Zhang, Hongyu Ma, Jiang-Feng Lan, Xin-Cang Li
Lysozymes are widely distributed immune effectors exerting muramidase activity against the peptidoglycan of the bacterial cell wall to trigger cell lysis. However, some invertebrate-type (i-type) lysozymes deficient of muramidase activity still exhibit antimicrobial activity. To date, the mechanism underlying the antimicrobial effect of muramidase-deficient i-type lysozymes remains unclear. Accordingly, this study characterized a novel i-type lysozyme, Splys-i, in the mud crab Scylla paramamosain. Splys-i shared the highest identity with the Litopenaeus vannamei i-type lysozyme (Lvlys-i2, 54% identity) at the amino acid level...
April 21, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434842/a-simple-and-non-invasive-method-for-analyzing-local-immune-responses-in-vivo-using-fish-fin
#2
Yuta Matsuura, Naoki Takaoka, Ryuichiro Miyazawa, Teruyuki Nakanishi
Immunocompetence is an important parameter that reflects disease resistance in fish. Very few methods to examine immunocompetence in vivo have been developed, even for mammals. In the present study, we present a unique method for analyzing local immune responses using fish fin. We first demonstrated the migration of granulocytes to the site of zymosan injection in fin in a dose-dependent manner and that this could be easily observed macroscopically due to the fin membrane transparency. We also demonstrated phagocytic activity of accumulated leukocytes after zymosan administration and that almost all phagocytes were granulocytes...
April 20, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433527/characterization-of-leukocyte-subsets-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-with-cross-reactive-monoclonal-antibodies-specific-for-bovine-mhc-class-i-and-class-ii-molecules-and-leukocyte-differentiation-molecules
#3
Francesco Grandoni, Mahmoud M Elnaggar, Gaber S Abdellrazeq, Federica Signorelli, Lindsay M Fry, Cinzia Marchitelli, Victoria Hulubei, Samy A Khaliel, Helmy A Torky, William C Davis
Although buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are a major component of the livestock industry worldwide, limited progress has been made in the study of the mechanisms regulating the immune response to pathogens and parasites affecting their health and productivity. This has been, in part, attributable to the limited availability of reagents to study immune responses in buffalo. As reported here, a set of cross-reactive monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), developed against bovine, ovine and caprine leukocyte differentiation molecules (LDM) and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules, were identified and used to compare expression of LDM in Italian and Egyptian buffalo...
April 20, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433529/antimicrobial-peptides-within-the-yellowtail-kingfish-seriola-lalandi
#4
Simon Muncaster, Kirsty Kraakman, Olivia Gibbons, Koen Mensink, Maria Forlenza, Gregory Jacobson, Steve Bird
A number of Seriola species are currently farmed or being investigated as future aquaculture species in countries around the world. However they face a number of issues and limitations which will need to be overcome to ensure future stability and growth, one of which are disease outbreaks. Despite this, very little has been done to understand the immune system of Seriola species and very few immune genes have been characterised. Antimicrobial peptides (AMP) are naturally occurring low molecular weight polypeptides that play a major role in an organism's immune system and act effectively as a first line of defence...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433528/evolutionary-history-of-the-t-cell-receptor-complex-as-revealed-by-small-spotted-catshark-scyliorhinus-canicula
#5
Rita Pettinello, Anthony K Redmond, Christopher J Secombes, Daniel J Macqueen, Helen Dooley
In every jawed vertebrate species studied so far, the T cell receptor (TCR) complex is composed of two different TCR chains (α/β or γ/δ) and a number of CD3 subunits responsible for transmitting signals into the T cell. In this study, we characterised all of the TCR and CD3 genes of small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) and analysed their expression in a broad range of tissues. While the TCR complex is highly conserved across jawed vertebrates, we identified a number of differences in catshark, most notably the presence of two copies of both TCRβ and CD3γδ, and the absence of a functionally-important proline rich region from CD3ε...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431895/hemolymph-proteins-of-anopheles-gambiae-larvae-infected-by-escherichia-coli
#6
Xuesong He, Xiaolong Cao, Yan He, Krishna Bhattarai, Janet Rogers, Steve Hartson, Haobo Jiang
Anopheles gambiae is a major vector of human malaria and its immune system in part determines the fate of ingested parasites. Proteins, hemocytes and fat body in hemolymph are critical components of this system, mediating both humoral and cellular defenses. Here we assessed differences in the hemolymph proteomes of water- and E. coli-pricked mosquito larvae by a gel-LC-MS approach. Among the 1756 proteins identified, 603 contained a signal peptide but accounted for two-third of the total protein amount on the quantitative basis...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431894/molecular-cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-duck-nucleotide-binding-oligomerization-domain-1-nod1
#7
Huilin Li, Hui Jin, Yaqian Li, Dejian Liu, Mohamed Frahat Foda, Yunbo Jiang, Rui Luo
Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain 1 (NOD1) is an imperative cytoplasmic pattern recognition receptor (PRR) and considered as a key member of the NOD-like receptor (NLR) family which plays a critical role in innate immunity through sensing microbial components derived from bacterial peptidoglycan. In the current study, the full-length of duck NOD1 (duNOD1) cDNA from duck embryo fibroblasts (DEFs) was cloned. Multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis demonstrated that duNOD1 exhibited a strong evolutionary relationship with chicken and rock pigeon NOD1...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428061/identification-and-characterization-of-an-interleukin-16-like-gene-from-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#8
Qianhui Liang, Jiefu Zheng, Hongliang Zuo, Chaozheng Li, Shengwen Niu, Linwei Yang, Muting Yan, Shao-Ping Weng, Jianguo He, Xiaopeng Xu
Interleukins are a group of cytokines that play essential roles in immune regulation. Almost all interleukin genes are only found in vertebrates. In this study, an interleukin-16-like gene (LvIL-16L) was identified from Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. LvIL-16L was predicted to encode a precursor (pro-LvIL-16L) with 1378 amino acids, sharing similarities with predicted pro-IL-16-like proteins from insects. The C-terminus of pro-LvIL-16L protein contained two PDZ domains homologous to the mature IL-16 cytokine of vertebrates...
April 17, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419823/genetic-aspects-of-auto-immune-profiles-of-healthy-chickens
#9
Henk K Parmentier, Priscilla S van der Vaart, Mike G B Nieuwland, Huub F J Savelkoul
Auto-antibody profiles binding liver antigens differed between chicken lines divergently selected for specific antibody responses to SRBC, and were affected by ageing suggesting both genetic and environmental effects. Presence and levels of IgM and IgG antibodies binding chicken liver cell lysate (CLL) fragments in plasma at 5 weeks of age from 10 individual full sibs and their parents from 5 Hsrbc and 5 Lsrbc line families was studied to reveal genetic relations. Non-genetic maternal effects were studied by comparing auto-antibody profiles of 36 weeks old hens from 2 other unrelated lines with the profiles from their chicks at hatch...
April 15, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416436/molecular-cloning-of-chicken-interleukin-17b-which-induces-proinflammatory-cytokines-through-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#10
Cong Thanh Hoang, Yeojin Hong, Anh Duc Truong, Janggeun Lee, Kyungbaek Lee, Yeong Ho Hong
Interleukin (IL)-17B is a little known member of the IL-17 cytokine family, which plays an important role in immunity by regulating the expression of proinflammatory cytokines. In this study, we determined the coding sequence and biological functions of a novel chicken IL-17B (chIL-17B). The full-length chIL-17B coding sequence includes 567 nucleotides encoding 188 amino acids, which was identified in small intestinal epithelial cells. The chIL-17B protein shares 96.48% amino acid sequence identity with turkey, 92...
April 14, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416435/omics-and-cytokine-discovery-in-fish-presenting-the-yellowtail-kingfish-seriola-lalandi-as-a-case-study
#11
Gregory Jacobson, Simon Muncaster, Koen Mensink, Maria Forlenza, Nick Elliot, Grant Broomfield, Beth Signal, Steve Bird
A continued programme of research is essential to overcome production bottlenecks in any aquacultured fish species. Since the introduction of genetic and molecular techniques, the quality of immune research undertaken in fish has greatly improved. Thousands of species specific cytokine genes have been discovered, which can be used to conduct more sensitive studies to understand how fish physiology is affected by aquaculture environments or disease. Newly available transcriptomic technologies, make it increasingly easier to study the immunogenetics of farmed species for which little data exists...
April 14, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414083/functional-characterization-of-neotropical-snakes-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-subsets-linking-flow-cytometry-cell-features-microscopy-images-and-serum-corticosterone-levels
#12
Marcelo Pires Nogueira de Carvalho, Nicolle Gilda Teixeira Queiroz-Hazarbassanov, Cristina de Oliveira Massoco, Sávio Stefanini Sant'Anna, Mariana Mathias Lourenço, Gabriel Levin, Mari Cleide Sogayar, Kathleen Fernandes Grego, José Luiz Catão-Dias
Reptiles are the unique ectothermic amniotes, providing the key link between ectothermic anamniotes fish and amphibians, and endothermic birds and mammals; becoming an important group to study with the aim of providing significant knowledge into the evolutionary history of vertebrate immunity. Classification systems for reptiles' leukocytes have been described by their appearance rather than function, being still inconsistent. With the advent of modern techniques and the establishment of analytical protocols for snakes' blood by flow cytometry, we bring a qualitative and quantitative assessment of innate activities presented by snakes' peripheral blood leukocytes, thereby linking flow cytometric features with fluorescent and light microscopy images...
April 13, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408333/trans-generational-enhancement-of-c-type-lysozyme-level-in-eggs-of-zebrafish-by-dietary-%C3%AE-glucan
#13
Peng Wang, Chengyan Jiang, Shousheng Liu, Pengfei Cui, Yu Zhang, Shicui Zhang
β-glucan has been shown to increase non-specific immunity and resistance against infections or pathogenic bacteria in several fish species, but information regarding its trans-generational immune-enhancing effects is still rather limited. Lysozyme is a maternal immune factor playing an important role in the developing embryos of zebrafish. Here we clearly showe that β-glucan enhanced the level of C-type lysozyme in eggs of zebrafish, and the embryos derived from β-glucan-treated zebrafish were more resistant to bacterial challenge than control embryos...
April 11, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408334/the-transcription-factor-relish-controls-anaplasma-marginale-infection-in-the-bovine-tick-rhipicephalus-microplus
#14
J Capelli-Peixoto, Danielle D Carvalho, Wendell C Johnson, Glen A Scoles, Andrea C Fogaça, Sirlei Daffre, Massaro W Ueti
Rhipicephalus microplus is an important biological vector of Anaplasma marginale, the etiological agent of bovine anaplasmosis. The knowledge of tick immune responses to control bacterial infections remains limited. In this study, we demonstrate that transcription factor Relish from the IMD signaling pathway has an important role in the control of A. marginale infection in ticks. We found that RNA-mediated silencing of Relish caused a significant increase in the number of A. marginale in the midgut and salivary glands of R...
April 10, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408332/molecular-cloning-structural-modeling-and-expression-analysis-of-myd88-and-irak4-of-golden-pompano-trachinotus-ovatus
#15
Zhitao Qi, Baobao Sun, Qihuan Zhang, Fancui Meng, Qiaoqing Xu, Youchuan Wei, Qian Gao
MyD88 and IRAK4 are important components of TLR signaling pathways. However, information about MyD88 and IRAK4 is vacant in golden pompano (Trachinotus ovatus), a marine teleost with great commercial value. Thus, in this study the full lengths of trMyD88 and trIRAK4 were cloned from golden pompano using RT-PCR and RACE-PCR methods. trMyD88 was 1213 bp in length, encoding a putative protein of 288 amino acids (aa), consisting of a 99 aa of death domain at its N-terminal and a 137 aa of the TIR domain at its C-terminal...
April 10, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400284/transcriptome-antioxidant-enzyme-activity-and-histopathology-analysis-of-hepatopancreas-from-the-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-fed-with-aflatoxin-b1-afb1
#16
Wei Zhao, Lei Wang, Mei Liu, Keyong Jiang, Mengqiang Wang, Guang Yang, Cancan Qi, Baojie Wang
Aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus or Aspergillus parasiticus fungi during grain and feed processing and storage. Aflatoxins cause severe health problems reducing the yield and profitability of shrimp cultures. We sought to understand the interaction between shrimp immunity and aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), analyzing transcriptome expression, antioxidant enzyme activity, and histological features of the hepatopancreas of shrimp fed with AFB1. From over 4 million high-quality reads, de novo unigene assembly produced 103,644 fully annotated genes...
April 8, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395999/the-ns1-protein-of-h5n6-feline-influenza-virus-inhibits-feline-beta-interferon-response-by-preventing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-irf3-activation
#17
Lifang Wang, Xinliang Fu, Yun Zheng, Pei Zhou, Bo Fang, San Huang, Xin Zhang, Jidang Chen, Zongxi Cao, Jin Tian, Shoujun Li
Despite the apparent lack of a feline influenza virus lineage, cats are susceptible to infection by influenza A viruses. Here, we characterized in vitro A/feline/Guangdong/1/2015, an H5N6 avian influenza virus recently isolated from cats. A/feline/Guangdong/1/2015 replicated to high titers and caused CPE in feline kidney cells. We determined that infection with A/feline/Guangdong/1/2015 did not activate the IFN-β promoter, but inhibited it by blocking the activation of NF-κB and IRF3. We also determined that the viral NS1 protein mediated the block, and that the dsRNA binding domain of NS1 was essential to perform this function...
April 7, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390932/20-hydroxyecdysone-positively-regulates-the-transcription-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-lebocin-via-bmets-and-bmbr-c-z4-in-the-midgut-of-bombyx-mori-during-metamorphosis
#18
Taoyi Mai, Shuna Chen, Xianyu Lin, Xiaojuan Zhang, Xiaopeng Zou, Qili Feng, Sichun Zheng
Metamorphosis is an essential physiological process in insects. This process is triggered by 20-hydroxyecydsone (20E). Lebocin, an antimicrobial peptide of Lepidoptera insects, was significantly up-regulated in the midgut, but not in the fat body of Bombyx mori during metamorphosis. In this study, the expression regulation of lebocin in B. mori midgut was studied. The results showed that B. mori lebocin and its activator BmEts were not responsive to bacterial infection in the midgut, instead, the expression of both genes was up-regulated by 20E treatment...
April 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377200/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-function-of-a-germinal-center-kinase-mst4-gene-from-litopenaeus-vannamei-in-response-to-vibrio-alginolyticus-challenge-in-tlr-traf6-signaling-pathway
#19
Chang-Sheng Zhao, Di Huang, Ting Peng, Ming-Zhu Huang, Chen-Ying Xie, Jun Chen, Jing-Rong Kong, Ren-Chong Xie, Yuan Liu, Wei-Na Wang
The serine/threonine protein kinase MST4 plays multiple roles in the regulation of signaling pathways that govern cellular processes including mitosis, migration, homeostasis, polarity, proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Here we report the identification and characterization of the full-length sequence of LvMST4 from the shrimp L. vannamei, and investigations into its role in the shrimp's immune response to infection by the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio alginolyticus. Subcellular localization assays demonstrated the enzyme's presence in the shrimp's cytoplasm, and tissue-specific expression analysis revealed that it is expressed ubiquitously but at different levels in different tissues...
April 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390933/effects-of-dietary-resveratrol-supplementation-on-hepatic-and-serum-pro-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-juvenile-gift-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#20
Yao Zheng, Zhixiang Zhao, Wei Wu, Chao Song, Shunlong Meng, Limin Fan, Xuwen Bing, Jiazhang Chen
Dietary resveratrol (RES) supplementation may have some pharmacological effects including anti-inflammation. Previous studies have shown that Kupffer cell activation and apoptosis induction increases the transcription of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the pro- and anti-inflammatory activities of 0.1 or 0.3 g/kg RES as a dietary supplement in juvenile freshwater tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). The results showed that hepatic and serum immunoglobulin M (IgM) significantly decreased and increased while anti- and pro-inflammatory cytokines significantly increased and decreased, respectively, in the RES-treated groups...
April 5, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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