Comparative study of three C1q domain containing proteins from pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas

C1q domain containing proteins (C1qDCs) are a family of proteins containing a globular head C1q domain (ghC1q) in C-terminus, which serve as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and mediate a series of immune responses. In the present study, three C1qDC proteins from pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas (CgC1qDC-2, CgC1qDC-3, CgC1qDC-4) were characterized and comparatively investigated to understand … Continue reading Comparative study of three C1q domain containing proteins from pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas

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Integrating the Vibrio-resistance phenotype and gene expression data for discovery of markers used for resistance evaluation in the clam Meretrix petechialis

In this study, gene expression data were used to select resistance-associated markers that indicate resistance phenotypes in the clam Meretrix petechialis. A total of 1772 clams from 23 full-sibling families were subjected to a Vibrio challenge test, and the results showed significant variation in resistance to vibriosis among different families. Three of the most resistant … Continue reading Integrating the Vibrio-resistance phenotype and gene expression data for discovery of markers used for resistance evaluation in the clam Meretrix petechialis

The RNA-seq analysis suggests a potential multi-component complement system in oyster Crassostrea gigas

The complement system is one of the major effector mechanisms of immune system, playing essential roles in both the innate and adaptive immune responses. In the present study, the counterparts of vertebrate complement components were identified by screening the sequenced genome of Crassostrea gigas, resulting in the identification of 792 gene models containing complement-related domains. … Continue reading The RNA-seq analysis suggests a potential multi-component complement system in oyster Crassostrea gigas

Comparative and evolutionary analysis of an adapter molecule MyD88 in invertebrate metazoans

The myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is an essential adapter in Toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling pathways, with TLR the first pattern-recognition receptor (PRR) that was discovered in Drosophila. In the present study, a MyD88 gene was identified and characterized from a commercially important shellfish, Scapharca subcrenata, including a DEATH domain and TIR domain conserved within … Continue reading Comparative and evolutionary analysis of an adapter molecule MyD88 in invertebrate metazoans

Complete genome sequence of vibrio coralliilyticus 58, isolated from Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae

We report here the complete genome of Vibrio coralliilyticus strain 58, which was originally isolated from inactive Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae in Japan. The assembled genome consisted of two chromosomes and one plasmid. These data will provide valuable information and important insights into the biodiversity of this organism. Hyoun Joong Kim, Ji Hyung Kim, Jin Woo Jun and al., Genome … Continue reading Complete genome sequence of vibrio coralliilyticus 58, isolated from Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae

Molecular characterization of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) IRAK4 gene and its role in MyD88-dependent pathway

Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinases (IRAKs) play important roles in MyD88-dependent TLR signaling, the crucial innate immune pathway in molluscs. In this study, we examined the full-length IRAK4 genetic sequence in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) by molecular cloning. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that CgIRAK4 is most closely related to Mytilus edulis, and forms a clade with other molluscs. CgIRAK4 transcripts are widely … Continue reading Molecular characterization of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) IRAK4 gene and its role in MyD88-dependent pathway

Comparative 16SrDNA Gene-Based Microbiota Profiles of the Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and the Mediterranean Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from a Shellfish Farm (Ligurian Sea, Italy)

The pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas and the Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis are two widely farmed bivalve species which show contrasting behaviour in relation to microbial diseases, with C. gigas being more susceptible and M. galloprovincialis being generally resistant. In a recent study, we showed that different susceptibility to infection exhibited by these two bivalve species … Continue reading Comparative 16SrDNA Gene-Based Microbiota Profiles of the Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and the Mediterranean Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from a Shellfish Farm (Ligurian Sea, Italy)