Manduca sexta Serpin-7, a Putative Regulator of Hemolymph Prophenoloxidase Activation.

Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA.
Insect biochemistry and molecular biology (Impact Factor: 3.45). 04/2013; 43(7). DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2013.03.015
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Serpins regulate various physiological reactions in humans and insects, including certain immune responses, primarily through inhibition of serine proteases. Six serpins have previously been identified and characterized in the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta. In this study, we obtained a full-length cDNA sequence of another Manduca serpin, named serpin-7. The open reading frame of serpin-7 encodes a polypeptide of 400 amino acid residues with a predicted signal peptide of the first 15 residues. Multiple protein sequence alignment of the reactive center loop region of the M. sexta serpins indicated that serpin-7 contains Arg-Ile at the position of the predicted scissile bond cleaved by protease in the serpin inhibition mechanism. The same residues occur in the scissile bond of the reactive center loop in M sexta serpin-4 and serpin-5, which are protease inhibitors that can block prophenoloxidase activation in plasma. Serpin-7 transcript was detected in hemocytes and fat body, and its expression increased in fat body after injection of larvae with Micrococcus luteus. Recombinant serpin-7 added to larval plasma inhibited spontaneous melanization and decreased prophenoloxidase activation stimulated by bacteria. Serpin-7 inhibited prophenoloxidase-activating protease-3 (PAP3), forming a stable serpin-protease complex. Considering that serpin-3 and serpin-6 are also efficient inhibitors of PAP3, it appears that multiple serpins present in plasma may have redundant or overlapping functions. We conclude that serpin-7 has serine protease inhibitory activity and is likely involved in regulation of proPO activation or other protease-mediated aspects of innate immunity in M. sexta.

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    • "to the serpin class have been identified in many insect species and 69 their functions in the regulation of the proPO system have been clearly demonstrated (Ahmad 70 et al., 2009; An and Kanost, 2010; An et al., 2011, 2012; De Gregorio et al., 2002; Gupta et 71 al., 2005; Jiang et al., 2003; Ligoxygakis et al., 2002; Liu et al., 2015a; Scherfer et al., 2008; 72 Suwanchaichinda et al., 2013; Tang et al., 2008; Tong et al., 2005; Wang and Jiang, 2004, 73 2006; Zhu et al., 2003; Zou and Jiang, 2005; Zou et al., 2010). Although, a MIP homolog 74 (PmMIP) was identified in the shrimp Penaeus monodon, only the nucleotide sequence and 75 transcript expression profiles have been reported (Angthong et al., 2010). "
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