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Aiko Tanaka, Mie Nishimura, Yuji Sato, Hiroki Sato, Jun Nishihira
Pleurotus cornucopiae (Oyster mushroom, Tamogitake) has long been eaten as a functional food for enhancement of the immune system, but its effectiveness has not been well confirmed in humans. To this end, we set up a double-blind placebo-controlled human clinical trial to investigate the potential of Oyster mushrooms with respect to the up-regulation of the immune system. The subjects ingested Oyster mushroom extract for 8 weeks. We measured the serum cytokine levels involved in regulation of the immune system, including interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, and tumor-necrosis factor (TNF)-α...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Baoyu Huang, Linlin Zhang, Xueying Tang, Guofan Zhang, Li Li
Alternative splicing (AS) is thought to enhance transcriptome diversity dramatically and play an important role in stress adaptation. While well studied in vertebrates, AS remains poorly understood in invertebrates. Here, we used high-throughput RNA-sequencing data to perform a genome-wide survey of AS in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas), an economically important mollusk that is cultivated worldwide. This analysis identified 8223 AS events corresponding to 4480 genes in the Pacific oyster, suggesting that about 16 % of oyster multiexonic genes undergo AS...
October 22, 2016: Marine Biotechnology
Prachi S Shenai-Tirodkar, Mangesh U Gauns, Zakir A Ansari
The major beds of oyster along the central-west coast of India are exposed to different anthropogenic activities and are severely exploited for human consumption. In this viewpoint, tissues of oyster Crassostrea madrasensis, C. gryphoides and Saccostrea cucullata were analyzed for Cu, Ni, Cd and Pb concentrations (dry weight) from Chicalim Bay, Nerul Creek and Chapora Bay in pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. A higher concentration of Cu (134.4-2167.9 mg kg(-1)) and Cd (7.1-88.5 mg kg(-1)) was found, which is greater than the recommended limits in all the three species (and sites)...
October 21, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Marilia N Siebert, Jacó J Mattos, Clei E Piazza, Daína de Lima, Carlos Henrique A M Gomes, Cláudio M R de Melo, Afonso C D Bainy
Cytochrome P450 family 1 (CYP1) is involved in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) biotransformation. PAHs can induce CYP1 protein expression and enzyme activity, the latter being usually quantified as 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity (EROD). The aim of this study was to characterize EROD activity in the bivalve mollusk Crassostrea brasiliana. EROD activity was evaluated in cytosolic and microsomal fractions of gills, digestive gland and mantle of C. brasiliana. No EROD activity was detected in mantle, but it was present in microsomal fraction of gills and digestive gland with NADPH as coenzyme...
October 18, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Fufa Qu, Zhiming Xiang, Yang Zhang, Jun Li, Shu Xiao, Yuehuan Zhang, Fan Mao, Haitao Ma, Ziniu Yu
p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are conserved serine/threonine-specific kinases that are activated by various extracellular stimuli and play crucial regulatory roles in immunity, development and homeostasis. However, the function of p38s in mollusks, the second most diverse group of animals, is still poorly understood. In this study, a novel molluscan p38 (designated Chp38) was cloned and characterized from the Hong Kong oyster Crassostrea hongkongensis. Its full-length cDNA encoded a putative protein of 353 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of approximately 40...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Jean-Rene Arseneau, Royce Steeves, Mark Laflamme
The increasing use of high-throughput sequencing platforms has made the isolation of pure, high molecular weight DNA a primary concern for studies of a diverse range of organisms. Purification of DNA remains a significant challenge in many tissue and sample types due to various organic and inorganic molecules that co-precipitate with nucleic acids. Molluscs, for example, contain high concentrations of polysaccharides which often co-precipitate with DNA and can inhibit downstream enzymatic reactions. We modified a low-salt CTAB (MoLSC) extraction protocol to accommodate contaminant rich animal tissues and compared this method to a standard CTAB extraction protocol and two commercially available animal tissue DNA extraction kits using oyster adductor muscle...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Zhihao Jia, Huan Zhang, Shuai Jiang, Mengqiang Wang, Lingling Wang, Linsheng Song
C-type lectins (CTLs), a superfamily of Ca(2+)-dependent carbohydrate-recognition proteins, are involved in nonself-recognition and pathogen elimination, and play crucial roles in the innate immunity. In the present study, two single CRD C-type lectins, CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5, were identified from oyster Crassostrea gigas. The open reading frame (ORF) of CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5 encoded polypeptides of 152 and 150 amino acids, respectively. Both CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5 contained one CRD with six conserved cysteines to form three disulfide bridges...
October 17, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Akira Umehara, Tohru Takahashi, Tomohiro Komorita, Ryo Orita, Jin-Woo Choi, Risa Takenaka, Rie Mabuchi, Ho-Dong Park, Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Freshwater cyanobacteria produce toxic microcystins (MCs), which travel from freshwater areas into the sea. The MCs produced by cyanobacteria in a freshwater reservoir were discharged frequently into the adjacent Isahaya Bay, remained in the surface sediments, and then accumulated in various macrobenthic animals on the seafloor. The MCs were transported further outside of Isahaya Bay (Ariake Bay), and the median values of the MC contents in the sediments were in the same levels in both bays, while their temporal variations were also similar during the study period...
October 15, 2016: Chemosphere
Jacob L Moore, Romuald N Lipcius, Brandon Puckett, Sebastian J Schreiber
Structured population models, particularly size- or age-structured, have a long history of informing conservation and natural resource management. While size is often easier to measure than age and is the focus of many management strategies, age-structure can have important effects on population dynamics that are not captured in size-only models. However, relatively few studies have included the simultaneous effects of both age- and size-structure. To better understand how population structure, particularly that of age and size, impacts restoration and management decisions, we developed and compared a size-structured integral projection model (IPM) and an age- and size-structured IPM, using a population of Crassostrea gigas oysters in the northeastern Pacific Ocean...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
G D Stentiford, A Ramilo, E Abollo, R Kerr, K S Bateman, S W Feist, D Bass, A Villalba
The Paramyxida, closely related to haplosporidians, paradinids, and mikrocytids, is an obscure order of parasitic protists within the class Ascetosporea. All characterized ascetosporeans are parasites of invertebrate hosts, including molluscs, crustaceans and polychaetes. Representatives of the genus Marteilia are the best studied paramyxids, largely due to their impact on cultured oyster stocks, and their listing in international legislative frameworks. Although several examples of microsporidian hyperparasitism of paramyxids have been reported, phylogenetic data for these taxa are lacking...
October 17, 2016: Parasitology
H W Kim, Y J Hong, J I Jo, S D Ha, S H Kim, H J Lee, M S Rhee
Microbiological quality of 206 raw ready-to-eat seafood samples were investigated according to species (gizzard shad, halibut, rockfish, tuna, oyster, and squid) and distribution channels (fishery, hyper, and online market). Enumeration of Aerobic Plate Count (APC) and total coliforms (TC) and pathogenic bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) were performed, and level of microbiological quality were classified into four groups: satisfactory, acceptable, unsatisfactory, and unacceptable...
October 16, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
N Briant, T Chouvelon, L Martinez, C Brach-Papa, J F Chiffoleau, N Savoye, J Sonke, J Knoery
Marine mercury (Hg) concentrations have been monitored in the French coastline for the last half a century using bivalves. The analyses presented in this study concerned 192 samples of bivalves (mussels: Mytilus edulis and Mytilus galloprovincialis and oysters: Crassostrea gigas and Isognomon alatus) from 77 sampling stations along the French coast and in the French Antilles sea. The goals of this study were to assess MeHg levels in various common bivalves from French coastline, and to identify possible geographic, taxonomic or temporal variations of concentrations...
October 13, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Jaison Arivalagan, Teja Yarra, Benjamin Marie, Victoria A Sleight, Evelyne Duvernois-Berthet, Melody S Clark, Arul Marie, Sophie Berland
Bivalves have evolved a range of complex shell forming mechanisms that are reflected by their incredible diversity in shell mineralogy and microstructures. A suite of proteins exported to the shell matrix space plays a significant role in controlling these features, in addition to underpinning some of the physical properties of the shell itself. Although, there is a general consensus that a minimum basic protein tool kit is required for shell construction, to date, this remains undefined. In this study the shell matrix proteins (SMPs) of four highly divergent bivalves (The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas; the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis; the clam, Mya truncata and the king scallop, Pecten maximus) were analyzed in an identical fashion using proteomics pipeline...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Bryson E Finch, Emily S Stefansson, Chris J Langdon, Suzanne M Pargee, Susanna M Blunt, Susan J Gage, William A Stubblefield
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been reported to absorb ultraviolet (UV) light, resulting in enhanced toxicity. Early developmental stages of bivalves may be particularly susceptible to photo-enhanced toxicity during oil spills. In the current study, toxicity tests were conducted with sperm and three larval ages of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) to evaluate the photo-enhanced toxicity of low-energy water-accommodated fractions (WAFs) of two weathered Macondo crude oils collected from the Deepwater Horizon incident...
October 7, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Alyssa-Lois M Gehman, Jonathan H Grabowski, A Randall Hughes, David L Kimbro, Michael F Piehler, James E Byers
Not all hosts, communities or environments are equally hospitable for parasites. Direct and indirect interactions between parasites and their predators, competitors and the environment can influence variability in host exposure, susceptibility and subsequent infection, and these influences may vary across spatial scales. To determine the relative influences of abiotic, biotic and host characteristics on probability of infection across both local and estuary scales, we surveyed the oyster reef-dwelling mud crab Eurypanopeus depressus and its parasite Loxothylacus panopaei, an invasive castrating rhizocephalan, in a hierarchical design across >900 km of the southeastern USA...
October 8, 2016: Oecologia
D A Raftos, A R Melwani, P A Haynes, S Muralidharan, G F Birch, V Amaral, E L Thompson, D A Taylor
Correction for 'The biology of environmental stress: molecular biomarkers in Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata)' by D. A. Raftos et al., Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2016, 18, 1129-1139.
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
H K Patterson, R H Carmichael
RATIONALE: Extraction of lipids from tissues prior to carbon stable isotope analysis (SIA) has become a common practice, despite a lack of species-specific data to indicate when lipid extraction is needed. Marine invertebrates, including bivalves, are known to store carbon as glycogen and less in the form of lipids than other species, potentially reducing the need for lipid extraction even when C:N values are above 3.5, a value that previous studies suggest indicates a need for lipid extraction of animal tissues...
October 5, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Guadalupe Barrera-Escorcia, Irma Wong-Chang, Carlos Leopoldo Fernández-Rendón, Alfonso Vázquez Botello, Bruno Gómez-Gil, Marcial Leonardo Lizárraga-Partida
Oysters can accumulate potentially pathogenic water bacteria. The objective of this study was to compare two procedures to quantify Vibrio species present in oysters to determine the most sensitive method. We analyzed oyster samples from the Gulf of Mexico, commercialized in Mexico City. The samples were inoculated in tubes with alkaline peptone water (APW), based on three tubes and four dilutions (10(-1) to 10(-4)). From these tubes, the first quantification of Vibrio species was performed (most probable number (MPN) from tubes) and bacteria were inoculated by streaking on thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose (TCBS) petri dishes...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Zenebe Girmay, Weldesemayat Gorems, Getachew Birhanu, Solomon Zewdie
Mushroom cultivation is reported as an economically viable bio-technology process for conversion of various lignocellulosic wastes. Given the lack of technology know-how on the cultivation of mushroom, this study was conducted in Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resource, with the aim to assess the suitability of selected substrates (agricultural and/or forest wastes) for oyster mushroom cultivation. Accordingly, four substrates (cotton seed, paper waste, wheat straw, and sawdust) were tested for their efficacy in oyster mushroom production...
December 2016: AMB Express
Xuelin Zhao, Hong Yu, Lingfeng Kong, Qi Li
The Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas is a dominant aquaculture species in many intertidal zones throughout the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and can tolerate a wide range of salinity. Studying the gene expression profiles of oyster gills had found differentially expressed genes (DEGs) involved in salinity tolerance. A systematic study of cellular response to salinity stress may provide insights into the mechanism of acquired salinity tolerance. Here, weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) was carried out using RNA-seq data from gill transcriptome in response to different salinity...
October 4, 2016: Marine Biotechnology
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