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BACKGROUND Despite its economic importance, we have a limited understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying shell formation in pearl oysters, wherein the calcium carbonate crystals, nacre and prism, are formed in a highly controlled manner. We constructed comprehensive expressed gene profiles in the shell-forming tissues of the pearl oyster Pinctada(More)
BACKGROUND White spot syndrome (WSS) is a viral disease that affects most of the commercially important shrimps and causes serious economic losses to the shrimp farming industry worldwide. However, little information is available in terms of the molecular mechanisms of the host-virus interaction. In this study, we used an expressed sequence tag (EST)(More)
An important consideration in transgenic research is the choice of promoter for regulating the expression of a foreign gene. In this study several tissue-specific and inducible promoters derived from Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus were identified, and their promoter activity was examined in transgenic zebrafish. The 5' flanking regions of the(More)
BACKGROUND Higher crustaceans (class Malacostraca) represent the most species-rich and morphologically diverse group of non-insect arthropods and many of its members are commercially important. Although the crustacean DNA sequence information is growing exponentially, little is known about the genome organization of Malacostraca. Here, we constructed a(More)
Mycobacterium marinum is difficult to distinguish from other species of Mycobacterium isolated from fish using biochemical methods. Here, we used genetic and proteomic analyses to distinguish three Mycobacterium strains: M. marinum strains MB2 and Europe were isolated from tropical and marine fish in Thailand and Europe, and Mycobacterium sp. 012931 strain(More)
BACKGROUND The black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) is one of the most important aquaculture species in the world, representing the crustacean lineage which possesses the greatest species diversity among marine invertebrates. Yet, we barely know anything about their genomic structure. To understand the organization and evolution of the P. monodon genome, a(More)
Some strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus cause acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) in shrimp. We sequenced 3 AHPND and 3 non-AHPND strains and found that all of them lacked the pathogenicity island relevant to human infection. A unique sequence encoding a type IV pilus/type IV secretion system was found in 3 AHPND strains.
Mycobacterium marinum is a major causative agent of mycobacteriosis in fish that has a broad range of hosts, including in human isolates. So far, genomic analyses have focused on the human isolate. Here, we compared the draft genome sequences of two strains of M. marinum isolated from fish (MB2 and Europe) with the M. marinum M isolated from humans. M.(More)
Gene expression in the muscle of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss fed either ad libitum once a week (RF, restricted feed group) or ad libitum twice per day (control) was compared to identify those genes differently regulated during restricted feeding. After 1 month, the increase in the size of the RF fish was significantly less than that of the control(More)
Penelope, originally found as a key element responsible for the hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila virilis, has been widely conserved throughout eukaryotic genomes. In other organisms, they are often referred to as Penelope-like elements or PLEs. In this study, we found two types of PLEs, designated MjPLE01 and MjPLE02, from kuruma shrimp, Marsupenaeus(More)