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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238861/comparative-analysis-of-immunocompetence-between-females-and-males-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus
#1
Jingwei Jiang, Zhou Zunchun, Ying Dong, Shan Gao, Hongjuan Sun, Zhong Chen, Aifu Yang, Hesheng Su
In order to preliminarily understand the immune difference between females and males in the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus, the activities assay of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), phenoloxidase (PO), acid phosphatase (ACP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) with biochemical methods, the detection of PO isozymes with native-PAGE and catechol staining, and the test of antibacterial activities with bacterial growth curve determination method were performed in this study using cell-free coelomic fluid (CCF) and coelomocyte lysate supernatant (CLS) from females and males as the samples...
February 23, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229527/melanotransferrin-new-homolog-genes-and-their-differential-expression-during-intestinal-regeneration-in-the-sea-cucumber-holothuria-glaberrima
#2
Josué Hernández-Pasos, Griselle Valentín-Tirado, José E García-Arrarás
Melanotransferrin (MTf) is a protein associated with oncogenetic, developmental, and immune processes which function remains unclear. The MTf gene has been reported in numerous vertebrate and invertebrate species, including echinoderms. We now report the finding of four different MTfs in the transcriptome of the sea cucumber Holothuria glaberrima. Sequence studies and phylogenetic analyses were done to ascertain the similarities among the putative proteins and their relationship with other transferrin family members...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212329/enzyme-assisted-discovery-of-antioxidant-peptides-from-edible-marine-invertebrates-a-review
#3
REVIEW
Tsun-Thai Chai, Yew-Chye Law, Fai-Chu Wong, Se-Kwon Kim
Marine invertebrates, such as oysters, mussels, clams, scallop, jellyfishes, squids, prawns, sea cucumbers and sea squirts, are consumed as foods. These edible marine invertebrates are sources of potent bioactive peptides. The last two decades have seen a surge of interest in the discovery of antioxidant peptides from edible marine invertebrates. Enzymatic hydrolysis is an efficient strategy commonly used for releasing antioxidant peptides from food proteins. A growing number of antioxidant peptide sequences have been identified from the enzymatic hydrolysates of edible marine invertebrates...
February 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189057/itraq-reveals-proteomic-changes-during-intestine-regeneration-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus
#4
Lina Sun, Dongxue Xu, Qinzeng Xu, Jingchun Sun, Lili Xing, Libin Zhang, Hongsheng Yang
Sea cucumbers have a striking capacity to regenerate most of their viscera after evisceration, which has drawn the interest of many researchers. In this study, the isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) was utilized to investigate protein abundance changes during intestine regeneration in sea cucumbers. A total of 4073 proteins were identified, and 2321 proteins exhibited significantly differential expressions, with 1100 upregulated and 1221 downregulated proteins. Our results suggest that intestine regeneration constitutes a complex life activity regulated by the cooperation of various biological processes, including cytoskeletal changes, extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and ECM-receptor interactions, protein synthesis, signal recognition and transduction, energy production and conversion, and substance transport and metabolism...
February 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189056/metabolic-responses-to-intestine-regeneration-in-sea-cucumbers-apostichopus-japonicus
#5
Lina Sun, Jingchun Sun, Qinzeng Xu, Xiaoni Li, Libin Zhang, Hongsheng Yang
Sea cucumbers are excellent models for studying organ regeneration due to their striking capacity to regenerate most of their viscera after evisceration. In this study, we applied NMR-based metabolomics to determine the metabolite changes that occur during the process of intestine regeneration in sea cucumbers. Partial least-squares discriminant analysis showed that there was significant differences in metabolism between regenerative intestines at 3, 7, and 14days post evisceration (dpe) and normal intestines...
February 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161535/4-o-sulfation-in-sea-cucumber-fucodians-contribute-to-reversing-dyslipidiaemia-caused-by-hfd
#6
Shan Li, Junhui Li, Zijian Zhi, Yaqin Hu, Jian Ge, Xingqian Ye, Ding Tian, Linhardt Robert, Shiguo Chen
Fucodians extracted from sea cucumbers (SC-FUCs) possess linear chains with uniform repeating units. Sulfation patterns endow SC-FUCs unique structures and bioactivity. The present study investigated the anti-hyperlipidemic activity of two fucodians isolated from sea cucumbers Pearsonothuria graeffei (fuc-Pg) and Isostichopus badionotus (fuc-Ib). The results indicate fuc-Pg dominated with a 4-O-sulfation pattern shows strong activity in reducing body weight, regulating lipid disorder (TC, TG, HLD-C, and LDL-C level), improving liver function (liver weight, GOP, GPT, and TBA concentrations) and increasing adiponectin level (adiponectin concentration) caused by HFD...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160609/understanding-regulation-of-micrornas-on-intestine-regeneration-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-using-high-throughput-sequencing
#7
Lina Sun, Jingchun Sun, Xiaoni Li, Libin Zhang, Hongsheng Yang, Qing Wang
The sea cucumber, as a member of the Echinodermata, has the capacity to restore damaged organs and body parts, which has always been a key scientific issue. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of short noncoding RNAs, play important roles in regulating gene expression. In the present study, we applied high-throughput sequencing to investigate alterations of miRNA expression in regenerative intestine compared to normal intestine. A total of 73 differentially expressed miRNAs were obtained, including 59 up-regulated miRNAs and 14 down-regulated miRNAs...
January 25, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153461/purification-structural-characterization-and-anticoagulant-properties-of-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-isolated-from-holothuria-mexicana
#8
Jiaojiao Mou, Cong Wang, Wenjing Li, Jie Yang
A novel fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (HmG) was isolated from sea cucumber Holothuria mexicana, the structure of which was characterized by monosaccharide composition, disaccharide composition, IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectrum, additionally with two dimensional NMR spectrum of degraded HmG (DHmG). The backbone of HmG was identified as chondroitin 6-O sulfate, while the major O-4 sulfated fucose branches linked to O-3 position of glucuronic acid in almost every disaccharide unit. The anticoagulant activities of HmG and DHmG were assessed and compared with heparin and low molecular weight heparin...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120194/cyclobacterium-sediminis-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-sea-cucumber-aquaculture-farm-and-emended-description-of-the-genus-cyclobacterium
#9
Seyeon Shin, Hyung-Yeel Kahng
An aerobic, Gram-negative bacterium, designated strain SD70(T), was isolated from sea cucumber aquaculture farm sediment in Taean, Korea, and its taxonomic status was established by undertaking a polyphasic study. Cells of strain SD70(T) were non-motile, catalase-, and oxidase-positive, non-spore-forming, and horseshoe-shaped. Optimal growth was observed under 25-30°C, pH 7.0-8.0, and 3.0-5.0% (w/v) NaCl conditions. Phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed that strain SD70(T) fell within an evolutionary group comprising species of the genus Cyclobacterium...
February 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102426/improved-anticoagulant-effect-of-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-orally-administered-as-gastro-resistant-tablets
#10
Roberto J C Fonseca, Isabela D Sucupira, Stephan Nicollas M C G Oliveira, Gustavo R Santos, Paulo A S Mourão
Fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FucCS) is a potent anticoagulant polysaccharide extracted from sea cucumber. Its anticoagulant activity is attributed to the presence of unique branches of sulfated fucose. Although this glycosaminoglycan exerts an antithrombotic effect following oral administration, high doses are necessary to achieve the maximum effect. The diminished activity of FucCS following oral administration is likely due to its degradation in the gastrointestinal tract and its limited ability to cross the intestinal cell membranes...
January 19, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059140/identification-and-functional-characterisation-of-5-ht4-receptor-in-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-selenka
#11
Tianming Wang, Zhen Yang, Naiming Zhou, Lina Sun, Zhenming Lv, Changwen Wu
Serotonin (5-HT) is an important neurotransmitter and neuromodulator that controls a variety of sensory and motor functions through 5-HT receptors (5-HTRs). The 5-HT4R subfamily is linked to Gs proteins, which activate adenylyl cyclases (ACs), and is involved in many responses in peripheral organs. In this study, the 5-HT4R from Apostichopus japonicus (Aj5-HT4R) was identified and characterised. The cloned full-length Aj5-HT4R cDNA is 1,544 bp long and contains an open reading frame 1,011 bp in length encoding 336 amino acid proteins...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053573/antibiotic-resistance-profiling-and-phenotyping-of-aeromonas-species-isolated-from-aquatic-sources
#12
Olumide A Odeyemi, Asmat Ahmad
This study aimed to investigate antibiotics resistance pattern and phenotyping of Aeromonas species isolated from different aquatic sources in Melaka, Malaysia. A total of 53 Aeromonas species were isolated from the following sources: sediment (n = 13), bivalve (n = 10), sea cucumber (n = 16) and sea water (n = 14) and resistance to 12 antibiotics - Tetracycline (30 μg), Kanamycin (30 μg), Oxytetracycline (30 μg), Ampicillin (10 μg), Streptomycin (10 μg), Gentamicin (10 μg), Sulphamethoxazole (25 μg), Nalixidic acid (30 μg), Trimethoprim (1...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052125/biosynthesis-of-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-sea-urchins-molecular-and-functional-characterisation-of-three-fatty-acyl-desaturases-from-paracentrotus-lividus-lamark-1816
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Naoki Kabeya, Alicia Sanz-Jorquera, Stefano Carboni, Andrew Davie, Angela Oboh, Oscar Monroig
Sea urchins are broadly recognised as a delicacy and their quality as food for humans is highly influenced by their diet. Lipids in general and the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in particular, are essential nutrients that determine not only the nutritional value of sea urchins but also guarantee normal growth and reproduction in captivity. The contribution of endogenous production (biosynthesis) of LC-PUFA in sea urchins remained unknown. Using Paracentrotus lividus as our model species, we aimed to characterise both molecularly and functionally the repertoire of fatty acyl desaturases (Fads), key enzymes in the biosynthesis of LC-PUFA, in sea urchins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012135/eicosapentaenoic-acid-enriched-phosphatidylcholine-attenuated-hepatic-steatosis-through-regulation-of-cholesterol-metabolism-in-rats-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#14
Yanjun Liu, Di Shi, Yingying Tian, Yuntao Liu, Qiping Zhan, Jie Xu, Jingfeng Wang, Changhu Xue
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver disease in the world. Disturbed cholesterol metabolism plays a crucial role in the development of NAFLD. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of EPA-PC extracted from sea cucumber on liver steatosis and cholesterol metabolism in NAFLD. Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into seven groups (normal control group, model group, lovastatin group, low- and high-dose EPA groups, and low- and high-dose EPA-PC groups). Model rats were established by administering a diet containing 1% orotic acid...
February 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007385/heavy-metals-in-surface-sediments-along-the-weihai-coast-china-distribution-sources-and-contamination-assessment
#15
Hongmei Li, Xuming Kang, Xiaomin Li, Qiang Li, Jinming Song, Nianzhi Jiao, Yongyu Zhang
The Weihai coast is a representative zone with fifty-year history of mariculture in China. Algae and shellfish are the main cultured species, other species including fish and sea cucumber are also cultivated. In this study, heavy metals in surface sediments, sampled along the Weihai coast during May yearly between 2009 and 2013 were investigated in terms of their contents and spatiotemporal variation. The contents of Zn, Cr, Cu, Cd, Pb and As showed different spatiotemporal variations and ranged between 11...
December 19, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004778/glycosides-from-edible-sea-cucumbers-stimulate-macrophages-via-purinergic-receptors
#16
Dmitry Aminin, Evgeny Pislyagin, Maxim Astashev, Andrey Es'kov, Valery Kozhemyako, Sergei Avilov, Elena Zelepuga, Ekaterina Yurchenko, Leonid Kaluzhskiy, Emma Kozlovskaya, Alexis Ivanov, Valentin Stonik
Since ancient times, edible sea cucumbers have been considered a jewel of the seabed and used in Asian folk medicine for stimulation of resistance against different diseases. However, the power of this sea food has not been established on a molecular level. A particular group of triterpene glycosides was found to be characteristic metabolites of the animals, responsible for this biological action. Using one of them, cucumarioside A2-2 (CA2-2) from the edible Cucumaria japonica species as an example as well as inhibitory analysis, patch-clamp on single macrophages, small interfering RNA technique, immunoblotting, SPR analysis, computer modeling and other methods, we demonstrate low doses of CA2-2 specifically to interact with P2X receptors (predominantly P2X4) on membranes of mature macrophages, enhancing the reversible ATP-dependent Ca(2+) intake and recovering Ca(2+) transport at inactivation of these receptors...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989867/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-a-novel-antistasin-wap-like-serine-protease-inhibitor-from-the-tropical-sea-cucumber-stichopus-monotuberculatus
#17
Aifen Yan, Chunhua Ren, Ting Chen, Xiao Jiang, Hongyan Sun, Chaoqun Hu
A novel antistasin/WAP-like serine protease inhibitor, named as StmAW-SPI, was identified from sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus) and functionally characterized in this study. The full-length cDNA of StmAW-SPI is 1917 bp in length with a 72 bp 5'-untranslated region (UTR), a 294 bp 3'-UTR and a 1551 bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a protein of 516 amino acids with a deduced molecular weight of 54.56 kDa. The StmAW-SPI protein has 5-fold internal repeats (IRs) of antistasin domain and 6-fold IRs of WAP domain...
October 27, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988762/a-new-genus-and-a-new-species-in-the-sea-cucumber-subfamily-colochirinae-echinodermata-holothuroidea-dendrochirotida-cucumariidae-in-the-mediterranean-sea
#18
Sifiso Mjobo, Ahmed S Thandar
A new genus Hemiocnus is here erected to accommodate the Mediterranean dendrochirotid sea cucumber Cladodactyla syracusana Grube, currently classified, with some doubt, in the cucumariid genus Pseudocnella. At the same time a new cucumariid species, Hemiocnus rubrobrunneus, is described from some Tunisian material, misidentified as Pseudocnella syracusana (Grube), received from the United States National Museum. The new genus appears most closely related to Pseudocnella than to any other genus within the Colochirinae...
November 9, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988651/sublittoral-and-bathyal-sea-cucumbers-echinodermata-holothuroidea-from-the-northern-mozambique-channel-with-description-of-six-new-species
#19
Yves Samyn, Didier Vandenspiegel
The 2009 expedition with the research vessel Miriky sampled the sublittoral and bathyal waters of the northern Mozambique Channel. This exploration campaign resulted in a small, but very diverse collection of holothuroids comprising 174 specimens representing 31 species, 18 genera, 10 families and 5 orders. Of these species, many were hitherto unknown for Madagascar or even for the Indian Ocean, and six, Bathyplotes aymeric sp. nov., Holothuria (Cystipus) yann sp. nov., Holothuria (Stauropora) bo sp. nov., Holothuria (Metriatyla) alex sp...
November 24, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988308/a-novel-mkk-gene-ajmkk3-6-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-identification-characterization-and-its-response-to-pathogenic-challenge
#20
Yi Wang, Ge Chen, Kaiquan Li, Jingxian Sun, Jian Song, Yaoyao Zhan, Xiangxiang Zhang, Limeng Yang, Yaqing Chang
The mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MKKs) are key components of MAP kinase (MAPK) cascades and function as redox-regulated signaling factors in pathological and physiological processes. In this study, we identified a novel MKK3/6 gene in the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus (designated as AjMKK3/6) by transcriptome database mining and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) approaches. Sequence analysis and protein structure prediction showed that AjMKK3/6 is highly conserved as compared to those from other invertebrate and vertebrate species...
February 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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