Jose Jaime Meseguer

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The various cell types involved in fish phagocytic defence have not been properly established because of the morphological heterogeneity of leucocytes and the lack of appropriate cell-surface markers. In this study, we report the production and characterisation of a monoclonal antibody, G7, which specifically recognises gilthead seabream acidophilic(More)
The IFNs and their receptors have existed in early chordates for approximately 500 million years and represent the early elements in innate and adaptive immunity. Both types I and II IFNs have been discovered in fish, and type I has recently been classified into two groups based on their primary protein sequences. However, the biological activities of fish(More)
The tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily is composed by several proteins with similar structure and functions. One of the main representatives of this family is TNF-alpha (TNFalpha), a proinflammatory cytokine which is produced by different immune cells and presents a wide variety of activities. Using the RACE technique, we have cloned and sequenced the(More)
The effects of the oral administration of heat-inactivated Lactobacillus delbrüeckii ssp. lactis and Bacillus subtilis, individually or combined, on gilthead seabream immune responses were investigated both systemically and locally in the gut. In a first experiment, seabream (65 g) were fed for 3 weeks different diets supplemented with 1 x 10(7)CFU(More)
Anaesthesia may depress the immune system in mammals, but there is no available information on this topic in fish. In the present work, four anaesthetics that are used in aquaculture, MS222 (0 19 mM), benzocaine (0.21 mM), 2-phenoxyethanol (16 mM) and quinaldine sulphate (0.083 mM), were tested in order to observe their effects on the gilthead seabream(More)
Mammalian interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) is a secretory cytokine lacking a signal peptide, which does not follow the classical endoplasmic reticulum to Golgi pathway of secretion. Its post-translational processing by IL-1beta-converting enzyme (ICE) and subsequent release from activated macrophages requires ATP acting on P2X7 receptors. Little information is(More)
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important mediators of the immune response against bacteria and hepcidin is a 20-25 residues member with known functions in iron regulation and the innate immune response. Most studies have focused on mammalian organisms but very little is known about other vertebrate groups including teleost fish. Thus, based on the(More)
TNF-alpha is conserved in all vertebrate classes and has been identified in all taxonomic groups of teleost fish. However, its biological activities and its role in infection are largely unknown. Using two complementary fish models, gilthead seabream and zebrafish, we report here that the main proinflammatory effects of fish TNF-alpha are mediated through(More)
The cytochemical characterization of head-kidney and peripheral blood leucocytes of gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L.) was studied by light and electron microscopy. Neutrophilic granulocytes show some cytoplasmic granules, which are positive for alkaline phosphatase and peroxidase but acid phosphatase negative. The scarce granules found in the cytoplasm(More)
The gilthead seabream IL-1beta gene consists of five exons/four introns. The complete coding sequence contains a 102 bp 5' untranslated region (UTR), a single open reading frame of 762 bp which translates into a 253 amino acid molecule, and a 407 bp 3'UTR with a polyadenylation signal 14 nucleotides upstream of the poly(A)tail. The seabream sequence has the(More)