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In invertebrates, C-type lectin plays an important role in innate immunity by mediating the recognition of pathogens to host cells and clearing microinvaders. A few C-type lectins have been identified from shrimps, but none of their gene or protein sequences is known to date. In this paper, a C-type lectin (named PmLec) specific for bacterial(More)
A superoxide dismutase (SOD) gene was cloned from the thermophilic bacterium Rhodothermus sp. XMH10 for the first time and highly expressed in Escherichia coli. The Rhodothermus sp. XMH10 SOD (RhSOD) gene encodes 209 amino acids with a putative molecular weight of 23.6 kDa and a pI value of 5.53. The recombinant RhSOD was detected to be an iron type SOD and(More)
Hemocyanin, the respiratory protein of arthropods and mollusks, was found to function against bacterial and fungal invasion. In this study, we show that this protein complex could delay the infection of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in vivo and cloned two hemocyanin subunits genes (PjHcL and PjHcY) from the shrimp Penaeus japonicus. Further investigation(More)
A natural lectin (nominated PjLec) was isolated from haemolymph of the shrimp Penaeus japonicus by affinity chromatography with fetuin-Sepharose. The result of SDS-PAGE showed that the purified PjLec protein consisted of 37kDa subunits. The native PjLec behaved as a 452kDa protein in gel filtration chromatography. Those data suggest that PjLec is composed(More)
In human, primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) processing starts from precise cleavage of the stem loop, which is catalyzed by Drosha-DGCR8 complex. However, the significant inconsistencies in the expression levels among primary, precursor and mature miRNAs clearly indicate that many other factors may be involved in this regulation. Here, we utilize a(More)
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