Bong-Soo Lim

Jeju National University, Tse-tsiu, Jeju, South Korea

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Publications (28)69.14 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Carboxypeptidases (CPs) are proteases that hydrolyze C-terminal peptide bonds. They are involved in regulating the complement system of the immune system. Here, we report the molecular characterization and immune response of two carboxypeptidases, named carboxypeptidase A (Rb-CPA) and carboxypeptidase N1 (Rb-CPN1), from rock bream. The genomic sequence of Rb-CPA contains 12 exons interrupted by 11 introns, while the genomic sequence of Rb-CPN1 has 9 exons and 8 introns. The cDNA sequence of Rb-CPA encodes a 421-amino-acid (AA) polypeptide (48 kDa), and the cDNA of Rb-CPN1 encodes a 448-AA polypeptide (51 kDa). The amino acid sequences of Rb-CPA and Rb-CPN1 were found to harbor two characteristic Zn-binding signature domains and a peptidase-M14 Zn carboxypeptidase site. Pairwise analysis revealed that Rb-CPA and Rb-CPN1 had the highest identity with the corresponding proteins from Anoplopoma fimbria (87.6%) and Dicentrarchus labrax (96.9%), respectively. qPCR results indicated that Rb-CPA and Rb-CPN1 were constitutively expressed mainly in the kidney, heart, liver, and head kidney. Both genes were transcriptionally regulated in the liver upon challenge with pathogenic bacteria (Streptococcus iniae, Edwardsiella tarda), rock bream iridovirus (RBIV), and the immune modulators polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid and lipopolysaccharide. Taken together, our findings suggest that Rb-CPA and Rb-CPN1 have immune-related functions in rock bream.
    Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 10/2014; · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a large family of pattern recognition receptors, which are involved in triggering host immune responses against various pathogens by detecting their evolutionarily conserved pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). TLR21 is a non-mammalian type TLR, which recognizes unmethylated CpG DNA, and is considered as a functional homologue of mammalian TLR9. In this study, we attempted to identify and characterize a novel TLR21 counterpart from rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) designated as RbTLR21, at molecular level. The complete coding sequence of RbTLR21 was 2919bp in length, which encodes a polypeptide of 973 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 112kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point of 8.6. The structure of the deduced RbTLR21 protein is similar to that of the members of typical TLR family, and includes the ectodomain, which consists of 16 leucine rich repeats (LRRs), a transmembrane domain, and a cytoplasmic Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain. According to the pairwise sequence analysis data, RbTLR21 was homologous to that of the orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) with 76.9% amino acid identity. Furthermore, our phylogenetic analysis revealed that RbTLR21 is closely related to Epinephelus coioides TLR21. The RbTLR21 was ubiquitously expressed in all the tissues tested, but the highest expression was found in the spleen. Additionally, upon stimulation with Streptococcus iniae, rock bream iridovirus (RBIV), and Edwardsiella tarda, RbTLR21 mRNA was significantly up-regulated in spleen tissues. Collectively, our findings suggest that RbTLR21 is indeed an ortholog of the TLR21 family and may be important in mounting host immune responses against pathogenic infections.
    Gene 10/2014; · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ferritins are iron binding proteins made out of 24 subunits, involved in iron homeostasis and metabolism in cellular environments. Here, we sought to identify and functionally characterize a one type of subunits of ferritin (ferritin H-like subunit) from rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus; RbFerH). The complete coding sequence of RbFerH was 531 bp in length, encoding a 177-amino acid protein with a predicted molecular mass of 20.8 kDa. The deduced protein structure possessed the domain architecture characteristic of known ferritin H subunits, including metal ligands for iron binding, a ferroxidase center, and two iron-binding region signatures. As expected, the 5' untranslated region of the RbFerH cDNA sequence contained a putative iron response element region, a characteristic regulatory element involved in its translation. The RbFerH gene comprised 5 exons and 4 introns spanning a 4195 bp region. Overexpressed recombinant RbFerH protein demonstrated prominent Fe(II) ion depriving activity, bacteriostatic properties, and protective effects against oxidative double-stranded DNA damage. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), we found that RbFerH was expressed ubiquitously in the majority of physiologically important tissues in rock bream. A greater abundance of the mRNA transcripts were detected in blood and liver tissues. Upon administering different microbial pathogens and pathogen-derived mitogens, RbFerH transcription was markedly elevated in the blood of rock bream. Taken together, our findings suggest that RbFerH acts as a potent iron sequestrator in rock bream and may actively participate in antimicrobial as well as antioxidative defense.
    Developmental and comparative immunology. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Immunoproteasomes are primarily induced upon infection and formed by replacing constitutive beta subunits with inducible beta subunits which possess specific cleavage properties that aid in the release of peptides necessary for MHC class I antigen presentation. In this study, we report the molecular characterization and expression analysis of the inducible immunosubunits PSMB8, PSMB9, PSMB9-L, and PSMB10 from rock bream, Oplegnathus fasciatus. The three subunits shared common active site residues and were placed in close proximity to fish homologues in the reconstructed phylogenetic tree, in which the mammalian homologues formed separate clades, indicating a common ancestral origin. The rock bream immunosubunits possessed higher identity and similarity with the fish homologues. RbPSMB8, RbPSMB9, RbPSMB9-L, and RbPSMB10 were multi-exonic genes with 6, 6, 7 and 8 exons, respectively. These four genes were constitutively expressed in all the examined tissues. Immunostimulants such as lipopolysaccharide and poly I:C induced RbPSMB8, RbPSMB9, RbPSMB9-L, and RbPSMB10 in liver and head kidney, suggesting their possible involvement in immune defense in rock bream.
    Molecular Biology Reports 05/2014; · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The membrane-attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domain-containing proteins play an important role in the innate immune response against invading microbial pathogens. In the current study, a member of the MACPF domain-containing proteins, macrophage expressed gene-1 (MPEG1) encoding 730 amino acids with the theoretical molecular mass of 79.6 kDa and an isoelectric point (pI) of 6.49 was characterized from disk abalone Haliotis discus discus (AbMPEG1). We found that the characteristic MACPF domain (Val(131)-Tyr(348)) and transmembrane segment (Ala(669)-Ile(691)) of AbMPEG1 are located in the N- and C-terminal ends of the protein, respectively. Ortholog comparison revealed that AbMPEG1 has the highest sequence identity with its pink abalone counterpart, while sequences identities of greater than 90% were observed with MPEG1 members from other abalone species. Likewise, the furin cleavage site KRRRK was highly conserved in all abalone species, but not in other species investigated. We identified an intron-less genomic sequence within disk abalone AbMPEG1, which was similar to other mammalian, avian, and reptilian counterparts. Transcription factor binding sites, which are important for immune responses, were identified in the 5'-flanking region of AbMPEG1. qPCR revealed AbMPEG1 transcripts are present in every tissues examined, with the highest expression level occurring in mantle tissue. Significant up-regulation of AbMPEG1 transcript levels was observed in hemocytes and gill tissues following challenges with pathogens (Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Listeria monocytogenes and viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus) as well as pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs: lipopolysaccharides and poly I:C immunostimulant). Finally, the antibacterial activity of the MACPF domain was characterized against Gram-negative and -positive bacteria using a recombinant peptide. Taken together, these results indicate that the biological significance of the AbMPEG1 gene includes a role in protecting disk abalone through the ability of AbMPEG1 to initiate an innate immune response upon pathogen invasion.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 05/2014; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Superoxide dismutases (SODs) are dedicated to scavenge and dismutate the superoxide anions in order to protect the cells from oxidative stress by establishing the redox homeostasis. In this study, we describe a cytosolic Cu/ZnSOD, the second SOD member from rock bream Oplegnathus fasciatus (Of-cCu/ZnSOD) at molecular, genomic structural-, transcriptional- and functional-levels. The determination of genomic arrangement of Of-cCu/ZnSOD by means of a BAC library revealed that its primary transcript is represented by five exons and encoded a peptide of 154 amino acids. In silico investigation of Of-cCu/ZnSOD indicated the presence of several family characteristics including two Cu/ZnSOD signatures, seven metal liganding residues and eight b-sheets forming a b-barrel topology. Alignment and modeling studies confirmed the conservation of Cu/ZnSOD at primary and tertiary levels. While invertebrate Cu/ZnSOD members mainly demonstrate a tetraexonic structure, the vertebrate members have acquired an additional intron in the third exon resulting in a quinquepartite arrangement with class-specific exon lengths. Although, teleost Cu/ZnSOD members resembled the mammalian orthologs in their genomic organization; they shared a proximal position with molluscan members in the phylogeny. The antioxidant (AO) activity of Of-cCu/ZnSOD was affirmed by a recombinant protein which was also used to examine the biophysical and biochemical properties. The pronounced activity was detected when the rOf-cCu/ZnSOD was expressed with the Cu2 + and Zn2 + supplementation. The optimum activities were observed at pH 10 and 25 °C, and KCN strongly inhibited the activity of the rOf-cCu/ZnSOD. Furthermore, a constitutive mRNA expression of Of-cCu/ZnSOD with higher levels in blood > liver > heart and brain was observed, which was consistent with the transcriptional profile of Of-mMnSOD, suggesting important physiological role(s). This idea was further strengthened by the temporal assessment of Of-cCu/ZnSOD transcripts in animals under pathological (bacteria- or viral-induced) and physiological (H2O2-induced oxidative) stress conditions using qPCR, in which it exhibited significantly up-regulated levels. Screening of Of-cCu/ZnSOD 5'-flanking region revealed the presence of several important transcription factor binding sites that potentially govern the Cu/ZnSOD expression. These findings conjointly contribute to expand our understanding regarding the piscine Cu/ZnSODs and; in particular, the AO enzyme network of rock bream.
    Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) is a key mediator of the Toll-like receptor (TLR)7 and TLR8 signaling pathways. In this study, we describe the identification of IRF5 (Rb-IRF5) from rock bream fish (Oplegnathus fasciatus) and its characteristics features at the genomic and expression levels. The full-length Rb-IRF5 sequence was identified from a cDNA library and its genomic sequence was obtained by screening and sequencing of a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) genomic DNA library of rock bream. The genomic sequence is comprised of 8 exons interrupted by 7 introns. The complete coding sequence of Rb-IRF5 is 1497 bp in length and encodes for 498 amino acids. The putative Rb-IRF5 protein consists of 3 important conserved domains: a DNA-binding domain (DBD) at the N-terminus, an IRF-associated domain (IAD), and a virus-activated domain (VAD) at the C-terminus. Based on pairwise sequence analysis, the highest sequence similarity/identity for Rb-IRF5 was observed with the IRF5 gene from turbot fish (>87%) and Japanese flounder (83%). Several important putative transcription factor-binding sites shared by the IRF gene family, including the NF-κB, Ap-1, IRF-1, and ICSBP/ISRE sites, were found in the 5′ flanking region of Rb-IRF5. The predicted tertiary structure of the dimerized IAD and VAD of the Rb-IRF5 protein resembled that of its orthologs from humans. In healthy rock bream, the highest constitutive expression of Rb-IRF5 was detected in the liver. After iridovirus and polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) challenge, Rb-IRF5 expression was significantly induced in the head kidney. Furthermore, rock bream recombinant type I interferon (Rb-IFN1) was also found to be an efficient inducer of Rb-IRF5 in a head kidney primary cell culture model. Upon IRF5 transfection, rock bream Mx (Rb-Mx), interferon I (Rb-IFN1) and tumor necrosis factor α (Rb-TNFα) genes get significantly upregulated in rock bream heart cells. The findings of the present study explain the involvement of Rb-IRF5 in the induction of interferons and pro-inflammatory cytokines and thereby provide a model for how IRF5 modulates immune responses against viral infections in rock bream.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 01/2014; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial immune defense is evolutionarily preserved in all organisms. Mammals have developed robust, protein-based antiviral defenses, which are under constant investigation. Studies have provided evidences for the various fish immune factors sharing similarity with those of mammals. In this study, we have identified an ortholog of mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein from rock bream, Oplegnathus fasciatus. RbMAVS cDNA possesses an open reading frame (ORF) of 1758 bp coding for a protein of 586 amino acids with molecular mass of approximately 62 kDa and isoelectric point of 4.6. In silico analysis of RbMAVS protein revealed a caspase recruitment domain (CARD), a proline rich domain and a transmembrane domain. RbMAVS protein also contains a putative TRAF2 binding motif, 319PVQDT323. Primary sequence comparison of RbMAVS with other orthologues revealed heterogeneity towards the C-terminus after the CARD region. RbMAVS transcripts were evident in all the examined tissues. RbMAVS expression was induced in vivo after poly I:C challenge in peripheral blood cells, liver, head kidney and spleen tissues. Over-expression of RbMAVS potently inhibited marine birnavirus (MABV) infection in rock bream heart cells and induced various cytokines and signaling molecules in vitro. Thus, RbMAVS is an antiviral protein and potentially involved in the recognition and signaling of antiviral defense mechanism in rock bream.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 01/2014; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Complement component 1q (C1q) is a subcomponent of the C1 complex and the key protein that recognizes and binds to a broad range of immune and non-immune ligands to initiate the classical complement pathway. In the present study, we identified and characterized three novel C1q family members from rock bream, Oplegnathus fasciatus. The full-length cDNAs of C1q A-like (RbC1qAL), C1q B-like (RbC1qBL), and C1q C-like (RbC1qCL) consist of 780, 720 and 726 bp of nucleotide sequence encoding polypeptides of 260, 240 and 242 amino acids, respectively. All three RbC1qs possess a leading signal peptide and collagen-like region(s) (CLRs) in the N-terminus, and a C1q domain at the C-terminus. The C1q characteristic Gly-X-Y repeats are present in all three RbC1qs, while the CLR-associated sequence that enhances phagocytic activity is present in RbC1qAL ((49)GEKGEP(54)) and RbC1qCL ((70)GEKGEP(75)). Moreover, the coding region was distributed across six exons in RbCqAL and RbC1qCL, but only five exons in RbC1qBL. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the three RbC1qs tightly cluster with the fish clade. All three RbC1qs are most highly expressed in the spleen and liver, as indicated by qPCR tissue profiling. In addition, all three are transcriptionally responsive to immune challenge, with liver expression being significantly up-regulated in the early phase of infection with intact, live bacteria (Edwardsiella tarda and Streptococcus iniae) and virus (rock bream iridovirus) and in the late phase of exposure to purified endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide). These data collectively suggest that the RbC1qs may play defense roles as an innate immune response to protect the rock bream from bacterial and viral infections.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 08/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lysozymes are ubiquitously distributed enzymes with hydrolytic activity against bacterial peptidoglycan and function to protect organisms from microbial pathogens. In this study, an invertebrate goose-type lysozyme, designated as abLysG, was identified in the disk abalone, Haliotis discus discus. The full-length cDNA of abLysG was 894 bp in length with an open reading frame of 789 bp encoding a polypeptide of 263 amino acids containing a signal peptide and a characteristic soluble lytic transglycosylase domain. Six cysteine residues and two catalytic residues (Glu(142) and Asp(168)) conserved among molluscs were also identified. The 3D homology structural models of abLysG and hen egg white lysozyme had similar conformations of the active sites involved in the binding of substrate. BAC sequence data revealed that the genomic structure of disk abalone g-type lysozyme comprises 7 exons with 6 intervening introns. The deduced amino acid sequence of abLysG shared 45.2-61.6% similarity with those of other molluscs and vertebrates. The TFSEARCH server predicted a variety of transcription factor-binding sites in the 5'-flanking region of the abLysG gene, some of which are involved in transcriptional regulation of the lysozyme gene. abLysG expression was detected in multiple tissues with the highest expression in mantle. Moreover, qPCR analysis of abLysG mRNA expression demonstrated significant up-regulation in gill in response to infection by live bacteria (Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Listeria monocytogenes), virus (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) and bacterial mimics (LPS and PGN). Expression of the recombinant disk abalone g-type lysozyme in Escherichia coli BL21, demonstrated its bacteriolytic activity against several Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial species. Collectively these data suggest that abLysG is an antimicrobial enzyme with a potential role in the disk abalone innate immune system to protect it from bacterial and viral infections.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 08/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial peptides are important innate effector molecules, playing a vital role in antimicrobial immunity in all species. Glyrichin is a transmembrane protein and an antibacterial peptide, exerting its functions against a wide range of pathogenic bacteria. In this study, cDNA and a BAC clone harboring the glyrichin gene were identified from rock bream and characterized. Genomic characterization showed that the OfGlyrichin gene exhibited a 3 exon-2 intron structure. OfGlyrichin is a 79-amino-acid protein with a transmembrane domain at (22)GFMMGFAVGMAAGAMFGTFSCLR(44). Pairwise and multiple sequence alignments showed high identity and conservation with mammalian orthologues. Phylogenetic analysis showed a close relationship with fish species. Higher levels of OfGlyrichin transcripts were detected in the liver from healthy rockbream which were induced by immunogens like lipopolysaccharide, poly I:C, rock bream irido virus, Edwardsiella tarda and Streptococcus iniae. The synthetic peptide (pOf19) showed antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Edwardsiella tarda, and Streptococcus iniae. Analysis of the bacterial morphological features after pOf19 peptide treatment showed breakage of the cell membrane, affirming that antibacterial function is accomplished through membrane lysis. The pOf19 peptide also showed antiviral activity against RBIV infection. The high conservation of the genomic structure and protein, together with the antimicrobial roles of OfGlyrichin, provide evidence for the evolutionary existence of this protein playing a vital role in innate immune defense in rock bream.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 08/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Catalases are known to be antioxidant enzymes that can mainly dismutate hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen in order to prevent oxidative stress. The complete genomic DNA (gDNA) sequence of the catalase gene from rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) was identified from our custom-constructed BAC genomic DNA library and designated as RbCat. RbCat consists of 13 exons, separated by 12 introns, within a 13,722-bp gDNA sequence. The complete cDNA sequence (3,303 bp) of RbCat is comprised of a 1,581-bp coding region, encoding a peptide of 527 amino acids (aa) in length, with a predicted molecular mass of 60 kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point of 8.34. The anticipated promoter region of RbCat contains several transcription factor binding sites, including sites that bind with immune- and antioxidant-responsive signaling molecules, suggesting its substantial transcriptional regulation. RbCat resembles the typical catalase family signature, i.e., it is composed of the catalase proximal active site motif along with a catalase proximal heme-ligand signature motif and shares great homology with its fish counterparts. According to multiple sequence alignment, functionally important aa present in RbCat were thoroughly conserved among its vertebrate counterparts. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that RbCat evolved from a vertebrate origin, and further positioned it in the fish clade. Recombinant RbCat had noticeable peroxidase activity against its substrate, hydrogen peroxide, in a dose-dependent manner. However, it demonstrated substantial peroxidase activity within a broad range of temperatures and pH values. Constitutive RbCat mRNA expression of different magnitudes was detected in a tissue-specific manner, suggesting its diverse role in physiology with respect to the tissue type. Moreover, immune challenge experiments using Edwardsiella tarda and rock bream iridovirus (RBIV) as live pathogens and polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid and lipopolysaccharide as mitogens revealed that the transcription of RbCat can be modulated by immune stimulation. Collectively, the results obtained in this study suggest that RbCat can function as a potent antioxidant enzyme in rock bream and may play a role in post-immune responses with respect to its peroxidase activity.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 07/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lysozyme is an important enzyme in the innate immune system that plays a vital role in fighting microbial infections. In the current study, we identified, cloned, and characterized a gene that encodes an invertebrate-type lysozyme from the disk abalone, Haliotis discus discus (abLysI). The full-length cDNA of abLysI consisted of 545 bp with an open reading frame of 393 bp that encodes 131 amino acids. The theoretical molecular mass of mature abLysI was 12.3 kDa with an isoelectric point of 8.03. Conserved features in other homologs, such as catalytic sites for lytic activity (Glu(30) and Asp(41)), isopeptidase activity (His(107)), and ten cysteine residues were identified in abLysI. Genomic sequence analysis with respect to its cDNA showed that abLysI was organized into four exons interrupted by three introns. Several immune-related transcription factor binding sites were discovered in the putative promoter region. Homology and phylogeny analysis of abLysI depicted high identity and closer proximity, respectively, with an annelid i-type lysozyme from Hirudo medicinalis, and indicated that abLysI is a novel molluscan i-type lysozyme. Tissue-specific expressional studies revealed that abLysI is mainly transcribed in hepatopancreas followed by mantle. In addition, abLysI mRNA expression was induced following bacterial (Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Listeria monocytogenes) and viral (viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus) challenges. Recombinantly expressed abLysI [(r)abLysI] demonstrated strong lytic activity against Micrococcus lysodeikticus, isopeptidase activity, and antibacterial activity against several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Moreover, (r)abLysI showed optimum lytic activity at pH 4.0 and 60°C, while exhibiting optimum isopeptidase activity at pH 7.0. Taken together, these results indicate that abLysI is potentially involved in immune responses of the disk abalone to protect it from invaders.
    Developmental and comparative immunology 06/2013; · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Akirins are conserved nuclear resident NF-κB signaling pathway molecules. Isoforms of akirins found in various organisms are known to play diverse roles. In this study, we have characterized two akirin2 homologues from rock bream, OfAk2(1) and OfAk2(2). The proteins derived from OfAk2(1) and OfAk2(2) revealed the presence of nuclear localization signal. Multiple sequence alignment and pairwise alignment of OfAk2(1) and OfAk2(2) with the akirin homologues, revealed high conservation and identity. Phylogenetic tree analysis revealed that the distinct position of OfAk2(1) and OfAk2(2) was close to the fish homologues and separated from the mammals and invertebrates. Genomic structure characterization revealed two distinct structures. OfAk2(1) possessed 6 exons interrupted by 5 introns whereas OfAk2(2) possessed 5 exons interrupted by 4 introns. The promoter analysis revealed the presence of significant transcription factors, which suggests its regulation by diverse stimuli. In addition, transcript expression analysis using real time quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction post immune challenges with lipopolysaccharide, Edwardsiella tarda and poly I:C revealed upregulation of both OfAk2(1) and OfAk2(2) in liver, spleen and head kidney.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 06/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a pleiotropic molecule playing vital roles in various signaling cascades, including cell proliferation, activation of immune responses against infections. It is well known as a pivotal regulator of innate immunity. In this study, we have rescued and characterized two members of the MIF family, macrophage migration inhibitory factor (OfMIF) and D-Dopachrome tautomerase (OfDDT) from rock bream, Oplegnathus fasciatus. The deduced OfMIF and OfDDT protein sequences revealed the presence of the catalytic oxidoreductase (CXXC), motif. They also possessed highly conserved proline (P(2)) and lysine residues (K(33)), responsible for their isomerase and tautomerase functions. Rock bream MIF and DDT homologues shared higher identity with fish homologues and also with mammals and occupied a distinct position in the phylogenetic tree, depicting their evolutionary conservation. The spatial expression analysis revealed the highest expression of both OfMIF and OfDDT in liver, while portraying constitutive expression in other tissues. The recombinant proteins purified using the E. coli system revealed potent oxidoreductase activity against insulin with both dithiothreitol and glutathione as reducing agents. Stimulation of rock bream head kidney cells with recombinant OfMIF and OfDDT proteins induced the expression of proinflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β). These results together suggest their involvement in rock bream immune defense and this study on the novel MIF family member DDT from rock bream will pave the way for further studies of this homologue in other teleosts and delineate its multiple functions.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 05/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The complement component 7 (C7) is the central mediator of pathogenic attack at the membrane surface and its binding to the C5b-7 complex triggers cytolytic signaling. In this study, C7 of rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) was identified (Rb-C7) and characterized at the genomic level. The Rb-C7 gene contains 18 exons and 17 introns and is composed of a 2490 bp complete open reading frame (ORF). The encoded polypeptide (830 amino acids) contains a number of well-conserved C7 signature domains. Important putative transcription factor binding sites, including those for NF-κB, SP-1, C/EBP, AP-1 and OCT-1, are present in the 5'-flanking region of Rb-C7. Phylogenetic analysis revealed a close proximity of Rb-C7 with the orthologues in tilapia and Japanese flounder. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) analysis confirmed constitutive Rb-C7 expression throughout all the examined tissue of healthy rock bream, with highest expression in liver. In immune challenge experiment, Rb-C7 expression was up-regulated in head kidney and liver in response to Edwardsiella tarda, Streptococcus iniae, lipopolysaccharide and rock bream iridovirus (RBIV). Furthermore, significant increases of both intracellular expression level and the number of Rb-C7-expressing cells were detected by in situ hybridization assay in head kidney and liver tissues upon E. tarda infection. These results suggested that Rb-C7 is lytic pathway gene in complement system and its transcriptional regulation may be an important immune response in pathogenic defense mechanism of rock bream.
    Developmental and comparative immunology 04/2013; · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cystatins are a well-characterized group of cysteine protease inhibitors, which play crucial roles in physiology and immunity. In the present study, an invertebrate ortholog of cystatin B was identified in Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum) (RpCytB) and characterized at the molecular level, demonstrating its inhibitory activity against the well-known cysteine protease, papain. The complete coding sequence of RpCytB (297 bp in length) encodes a 99 amino acid peptide with a calculated molecular mass of 11 kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point of 5.9. The derived peptide was found to harbor typical features of cystatin proteins, including the 'Q-X-V-X-G' motif, which was identified as QLVAG in RpCytB. Phylogenetic analysis of RpCytB revealed close evolutionary relationships with its invertebrate counterparts, especially those from mollusks. Recombinant RpCytB (rRpCytB) was overexpressed as a fusion with maltose binding protein (MBP) in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) cells. Purified rRpCytB fusion protein exhibited a detectable inhibitory activity against papain, while the control MBP showed an almost constant negligible activity. While quantitative RT-PCR detected ubiquitous RpCytB expression in all tissues examined, the expressions in hemocytes and gills were relatively higher. Upon in vivo immune challenge with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the expression of RpCytB in gills and hemocytes was down-regulated. Similar challenges with poly I:C and intact Vibrio tapetis bacteria revealed a complicated transcriptional regulation, wherein mRNA expression levels fluctuated over time of exposure. Moreover, a precise induction of RpCytB expression after bacterial infection was detected in gills by in situ hybridization. Collectively, our findings in this study indicate that RpCytB expression is sensitive to host pathological conditions and may contribute cysteine protease inhibitory activity to modulate the immune response.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 03/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Innate immune system relies on the recognition of pathogen associated molecular patterns present in the microbes by the pattern recognition receptors leading to the activation of signaling cascade and subsequent synthesis of cytokines. NF-κB is a major stimulus activated transcription factor, which regulates the expression of a diverse array of genes. IκB is an inhibitor of NF-κB, retaining NF-κB in an inactive state in the cytoplasm. In this study, we have reported the characterization of first abalone IκB (HdIκB). The cDNA possessed an ORF of 1200 bp coding for a protein of 400 amino acids with molecular mass of 45 kDa and isoelectric point of 4.7. HdIκB protein possessed a conserved phosphorylation site (58)DSGIFS(63) in the N-terminal region, six ankyrin repeats, and a PEST sequence in the C-terminal region. A casein kinase II phosphorylation site could also be observed in the PEST sequence. Constitutive expression of HdIκB revealed its physiological significance since NF-κB is known to be activated by various stimuli. Elevated expression of HdIκB transcripts could be observed in abalones challenged with various mitogens and live microbes. This novel characterization of abalone IκB would further be a positive approach in the affirmation of evolutionary conservation and significance of this protein as a repressor/inhibitor of a pleiotropic transcription factor like NF-κB.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 03/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The complement component 8α and 8β are glycoproteins that mediate formation of the membrane attack complex (MAC) on the surface of target cells. Full-length complement C8α (Rb-C8α) and C8β (Rb-C8β) sequences were identified from acDNA library of rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus), and their genomic sequences were obtained by screening and sequencing of a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) genomic DNA library of rock bream. The Rb-C8α gene contains 64 bp of 5'-UTR, open reading frame (ORF) of 1794 bp, which encodes a polypeptide of 598 amino acids, 212 bp of 3'-UTR. The Rb-C8β gene contains 5'-UTR of 27 bp, open reading frame (ORF) of 1761 bp, which encodes a polypeptide of 587 amino acids, 3'-UTR of 164 bp. Rb-C8α consists of 11 exons interrupted by 10 introns and Rb-C8β consists of 12 exons interrupted by 11 introns. Sequence analysis revealed that both Rb-C8α and Rb-C8β contain thrombospondin type-1, a low-density lipoprotein receptor domain class A, membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domain and epidermal growth factor like domain. The promoter regions of both genes contain important putative transcription factor binding sites including those for NF-κB, SP-1, C/EBP, AP-1, and OCT-1. Rb-C8α and Rb-C8β showed the highest amino acid identity of 62% and 83% to rainbow trout C8α and Japanese flounder C8β respectively. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis confirmed that Rb-C8α and Rb-C8β were constitutively expressed in all examined tissues, isolated from healthy rock bream, with highest expression occurring in liver. Pathogen challenge, including Edwardsiella tarda, Streptococcus iniae, and rock bream iridovirus led to up regulation of Rb-C8α and Rb-C8β in liver. Positive regulations upon bacterial and viral challenges, and high degree of evolutionary relationship to respective orthologues, confirmed that Rb-C8α and Rb-C8β important immune genes, likely involved in the complement system lytic pathway of rock bream.
    Developmental and comparative immunology 10/2012; · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we describe the identification and characterization of manganese superoxide dismutase, an important antioxidant enzyme acting as the chief reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, from rock bream Oplegnathus fasciatus (Of-mMnSOD) at genomic- and transcriptional-levels as well as the biological activity of recombinant protein. The Of-mMnSOD protein portrayed distinct MnSOD family features including signature motifs, metal association sites and the typical active site topology. It was also predicted to be localized in mitochondrial matrix. The Of-mMnSOD had a quinquepartite genome organization encompassing five exons interrupted by four introns. Comparison of its sequence and gene structure with that of other lineages emphasized its strong conservation among different vertebrates. The Of-mMnSOD was ubiquitously transcribed in different rock bream tissues with higher levels in blood cells and metabolically active tissues. Transcription of Of-mMnSOD was kinetically modulated in response to investigational challenges using mitogens (lipopolysaccharide and poly I:C) and live-pathogens (Edwardsiella tarda and rock bream irido virus) in blood cells and liver tissue. The purified recombinant Of-mMnSOD possessed potential antioxidant capacity and actively survived over a range of pH (7.5-11) and temperature (15-40 °C) conditions. Collectively, findings of this study suggest that Of-mMnSOD combats against oxidative stress and cellular damages induced by mitogen/pathogen-mediated inflammation, by detoxifying harmful ROS (O(2)(●-)) in rock bream.
    Fish &amp Shellfish Immunology 09/2012; · 2.96 Impact Factor