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Thanunthon Bowornsakulwong, Walaiporn Charoensapsri, Triwit Rattanarojpong, Pongsak Khunrae
WSSV134 or VP36A protein of white spot syndrome virus was previously reported to be able to reduce apoptosis in Sf-9 cells transfected with caspase of Penaeus monodon (PmCasp). The protein was therefore believed to have a role in supporting the survival of WSSV inside the host cells during infection. However, the anti-apoptosis activity of WSSV134 involved in the inhibition of PmCasp is still unclear. In this study, we produced a recombinant WSSV134 (rWSSV134) and tested for its ability to inhibit PmCasp in vitro...
October 15, 2016: Protein Expression and Purification
Ana Claudia Sánchez-Ortiz, Carlos Angulo, Antonio Luna-González, Píndaro Álvarez-Ruiz, José Manuel Mazón-Suástegui, Ángel Isidro Campa-Córdova
The widespread overuse of antibiotics in aquaculture has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistance shrimp pathogens, the negative impact on shrimp gut microbiota, and the presence of antimicrobial residues in aquaculture products, with negative consequences on human health. Alternatively, probiotics have positive effects on immunological responses and productive performance of aquatic animals. In this study, three probiotic bacteria, (Bacillus licheniformis MAt32, B. subtilis MAt43 and B. subtilis subsp...
October 12, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Gayathri Ravichandran, Venkatesh Kumaresan, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Munuswamy-Ramanujam Ganesh, Arun Mahesh, Arunkumar Dhayalan, Mukesh Pasupuleti, Jesu Arockiaraj
The antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are multifunctional molecules which represent significant roles in the innate immune system. These molecules have been well known for decades because of their role as natural antibiotics in both invertebrates and vertebrates. The development of multiple drug resistance against conventional antibiotics brought a greater focus on AMPs in recent years. The cationic peptides, in particular, proven as host defense peptides and are considered as effectors of innate immunity. Among the various innate immune molecules, functions of pellino-1 (Peli-1) have been recently studied for its remarkable role in specific immune functions...
October 2016: Molecular Immunology
Yulei Chen, Jiao Cao, Xiaobo Zhang
During viral infection in vertebrates, cytokines play important roles in the host defense against the virus. However, the function of cytokines in invertebrates has not been well characterized. In this study, shrimp cytokines involved in viral infection were screened using a cytokine antibody microarray. The results showed that three cytokines, the Fas receptor (Fas), platelet factor 4 (PF4) and interleukin-22 (IL-22), were significantly upregulated in the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-challenged shrimp, suggesting that these cytokines played positive regulatory roles in the immune response of shrimp against the virus...
2016: PloS One
Xin Huang, Jin-Ling Feng, Min Jin, Qian Ren, Wen Wang
C-type lectins (CTLs) play important roles in the innate immunity of invertebrates. In this study, a novel CTL with a single carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) containing an EPN (Glu-Pro-Asn) motif was identified from the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii. This CTL was designated as MrCTL. The cDNA of MrCTL is 1788 bp with a 657 bp open reading frame that encodes a protein of 218 amino acids. The cDNA and genome sequences of MrCTL show a polymorphism that leads to MrCTL isoforms. MrCTL was highly expressed in the gills and intestine of normal prawn, and its transcription increased after Vibrio parahaemolyticus or white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) challenge...
September 9, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Xinying Sun, Qing-Hui Liu, Bing Yang, Jie Huang
WSSV is one of the most harmful pathogeny in the pacific white shrimp, and genetic variations caused the strains of different virulence. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) involved in the regulation of virus defense. To understand the different virulence of WSSV on miRNA expression in Litopeneaus vannamei, the deep sequencing was performed to compare two small RNA libraries prepared from hepatopancreas of Litopeneaus vannamei infected with normal-virulence or low-virulence WSSV. Approximately 29,398,623 raw reads from normal-virulence library and 35,291,803 raw reads from low-virulence library were obtained...
September 13, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
K C Sivakumar, T P Sajeevan, I S Bright Singh
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) remains as one of the most dreadful pathogen of the shrimp aquaculture industry owing to its high virulence. The cumulative mortality reaches up to 100% within in 2-10days in a shrimp farm. Currently, no chemotherapeutics are available to control WSSV. The viral envelope protein, VP28, located on the surface of the virus particle acts as a vital virulence factor in the initial phases of inherent WSSV infection in shrimp. Hence, inhibition of envelope protein VP28 could be a novel way to deal with infection by inhibiting its interaction in the endocytic pathway...
August 28, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Xiaoli Shi, Jie Kong, Xianhong Meng, Sheng Luan, Kun Luo, Baoxiang Cao, Ning Liu, Xia Lu, Kangyu Deng, Jiawang Cao, Yingxue Zhang, Hengheng Zhang, Xupeng Li
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infects all shrimp species and is the greatest detriment to shrimp culture. To better understand the mechanism of molecular responses to WSSV infection in "Huanghai No. 2" Fenneropenaeus chinensis, a microarray technique was used. Microarray gene expression profiling of 59,137 unigenes identified Differentially Expressed Genes (DEGs) both in live and moribund shrimp at early, peak and late phases. In live shrimp, 1307, 1479 and 1539 DEGs were obtained in the early, peak and late phase, respectively...
August 30, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Lifang Sun, Yintao Su, Yanhe Zhao, Zheng-Qing Fu, Yunkun Wu
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is one of the major and most serious pathogen in the shrimp industry. As one of the most abundant envelope protein, VP24 acts as a core protein interacting with other structure proteins and plays an important role in virus assembly and infection. Here, we have presented the crystal structure of VP24 from WSSV. In the structure, VP24 consists of a nine-stranded β-barrel fold with mostly antiparallel β-strands, and the loops extending out the β-barrel at both N-terminus and C-terminus, which is distinct to those of the other two major envelope proteins VP28 and VP26...
2016: Scientific Reports
Feng-Yu Lin, Yan Gao, Hao Wang, Qiu-Xia Zhang, Chang-Lin Zeng, Hai-Peng Liu
It is well-known that anti-lipopolysacchride factors (ALFs) are involved in the recognition and elimination of invading pathogens. In this study, the full-length ALF cDNA sequence of the red claw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus (termed CqALF) was cloned from a suppression subtractive hybridization library constructed using red claw crayfish hematopoietic tissue cell (Hpt cell) cultures following challenge with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV). The full-length cDNA sequence of CqALF was 863 bp, and the open reading frame encoded 123 amino acids with a signal peptide in the N-terminus and a conserved LPS-binding domain...
October 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Jinling Feng, Lingling Zhao, Min Jin, Tingting Li, Lei Wu, Yihong Chen, Qian Ren
Toll receptors are evolutionary ancient families of pattern recognition receptors with crucial roles in invertebrate innate immune response. In this study, we identified a Toll receptor (MrToll) from giant freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). The full-length cDNA of MrToll is 4257 bp, which encodes a putative protein of 1367 amino acids. MrToll contains 17 LRR domains, a transmembrane domain, and a TIR domain. Phylogenetic analysis showed that MrToll was grouped with Drosophila Toll7 and other arthropod Tolls...
October 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Jiang-Feng Lan, Shun Wei, Yu-Qing Wang, Yun-Jia Dai, Jia-Gang Tu, Li-Juan Zhao, Xin-Cang Li, Qi-Wei Qin, Nan Chen, Li Lin
Tolls and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an important role in host immune defenses by regulating the expression of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and cytokines, but the functional differences of crustacean Tolls from Drosophila Tolls or Mammal TLRs are largely unknown. A novel Toll receptor, named PcToll3, was identified from red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. It was widely expressed in all detected tissues, and its transcript in hemocytes was up-regulated at 12 h after Vibrio parahemolyticus (Vibrio) injection or at 24 h post white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) challenge...
October 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Hui Yang, Shihao Li, Fuhua Li, Kuijie Yu, Fusheng Yang, Jianhai Xiang
Anti-lipopolysaccharide factors (ALFs) with a LPS-binding domain (LBD) are considered to have broad spectrum antimicrobial activities and certain antiviral properties in crustaceans. FcALF2 was one isoform of ALFs isolated from the Chinese shrimp Fenneropenaeus chinensis. Our previous study showed that a modified LBD domain (named LBDv) of FcALF2 exhibited a highly enhanced antimicrobial activity. In the present study, a modified FcALF2 gene (mFcALF2), in which the LBD was substituted by LBDv, was designed and synthesized...
2016: Marine Drugs
Sheng Wang, Xuan Song, Zijian Zhang, Haoyang Li, Kai L, Bin Yin, Jianguo He, Chaozheng Li
JAK/STAT pathway is one of cytokine signaling pathways and mediates diversity immune responses to protect host from viral infection. In this study, LvSOCS2, a member of suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) families, has been cloned and identified from Litopenaeus vannamei. The full length of LvSOCS2 is 1601 bp, including an 1194 bp open reading frame (ORF) coding for a putative protein of 397 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of ∼42.3 kDa. LvSOCS2 expression was most abundant in gills and could respond to the challenge of LPS, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Staphhylococcus aureus, Poly (I: C) and white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)...
December 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Xiaopeng Xu, Jia Yuan, Linwei Yang, Shaoping Weng, Jianguo He, Hongliang Zuo
miR-1959, a novel microRNA identified from Litopenaeus vannamei, mediates a positive feedback loop between Dorsal and Cactus that can continuously maintain the activation of the NF-κB pathway. It has been known that miR-1959 is involved in antibacterial immunity in shrimp, but its function in antiviral responses is still unknown. In this study, we focused on the role of miR-1959 in infection of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), the major viral pathogen in shrimp worldwide. The expression of miR-1959 in shrimp hemocytes, gill, and hepatopancreas was significantly up-regulated upon WSSV infection...
September 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Lifang Sun, Yunkun Wu
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is a major shrimp pathogen known to infect penaeid shrimp and other crustaceans. VP24 is one of the major envelope proteins of WSSV. In order to facilitate purification, crystallization and structure determination, the predicted N-terminal transmembrane region of approximately 26 amino acids was truncated from VP24 and several mutants were prepared to increase the proportion of selenomethionine (SeMet) residues for subsequent structural determination using the SAD method. Truncated VP24, its mutants and the corresponding SeMet-labelled proteins were purified, and the native and SeMet proteins were crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method...
August 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Y J Lee, L L Chen
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV), an enveloped double-stranded DNA virus, is the causative agent of a disease that has led to severe mortalities of cultured shrimps in Taiwan and many other countries. In the previous study, Penaeus monodon chitin-binding protein (CBP) and glucose transporter 1 (Glut1), two cell membrane proteins, were found to at least interact with other 10 WSSV envelope proteins including VP51B. These envelope proteins might form a protein complex. According to the known information, VP51B was used to identify its role in the protein complex...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Barcley T Pace, John P Hawke, Ramesh Subramanian, Christopher C Green
The red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii represents an important aquaculture species responsible for over half of all commercial aquaculture profits in Louisiana, USA. White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is highly pathogenic in crustacean species and induces mass mortality in aquaculture operations worldwide. Natural outbreaks of WSSV occur yearly in cultured populations of crayfish in Louisiana. The goal of this study was to better understand the infectivity of WSSV in P. clarkii, by determining the minimum lethal dose necessary to initiate infection and to measure the resulting cumulative mortality following infection with different doses...
July 7, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Rong-Yuan Chen, Kai-Li Shen, Zhen Chen, Wei-Wei Fan, Xiao-Lu Xie, Chuang Meng, Xue-Jiao Chang, Li-Bing Zheng, Joseph Jeswin, Cheng-Hua Li, Ke-Jian Wang, Hai-Peng Liu
White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is a lethal pathogen of shrimp and many other crustaceans, including crayfish. However, the molecular mechanism underlying its cellular entry remains elusive due to the lack of shrimp cell lines for viral propagation. Crayfish hematopoietic tissue (Hpt) cell culture was recently established as a good model for WSSV infection study. Here, we showed that multiple endocytic routes, including clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME), macropinocytosis and caveolae-mediated endocytosis, were indispensably employed for the viral entry into Hpt cell of the crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jaqueline da Rosa Coelho, Cairé Barreto, Amanda da Silva Silveira, Graziela Cleusa Vieira, Rafael Diego Rosa, Luciane Maria Perazzolo
Fibrinogen-related proteins (FREPs) comprise a large family of microbial recognition proteins involved in many biological functions in both vertebrate and invertebrate animals. By taking advantage of publicly accessible databases, we have identified a FREP-like homolog in the most cultivated penaeid shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei (LvFrep). The obtained sequence showed a conserved fibrinogen-related domain (FReD) and displayed significant similarities to FREP-like proteins from other invertebrates and to ficolins from crustaceans...
September 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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