Tomokazu Takano

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We cloned the cDNAs and genes of two different types of toll-like receptors from Japanese flounder. The results of homology searches suggested that these genes (designated JF-TLR2 and JF-TLR22) are homologues of human TLR2 and fugu TLR22, respectively. The cDNAs of JF-TLR2 and JF-TLR22 encoded 818 and 961 amino acid residues, respectively. JF-TLR2 and(More)
The interleukin-1 receptor/toll-like receptor (IL-1R/TLR) superfamily signaling involves myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) that acts as an important adapter protein. A Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) MyD88 (jfMyD88) cDNA and gene were cloned, and found to have lengths of 1.5 and 3.01 kb, respectively. The ORF encodes 285 amino acids that(More)
Transferrin is important in iron metabolism and has been reported to be involved in disease defence responses after bacterial infection. In this study, we identified, sequenced, and characterized the transferrin gene from channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. The catfish transferrin gene was similar to those of other vertebrate species with 17 exons and 16(More)
Transcriptional changes in the peripheral blood leucocytes (PBL) of Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus challenged by Edwardsiella tarda and viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) were investigated using suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) coupled with cDNA microarray analysis. First, we constructed an SSH cDNA library using mRNA samples(More)
Outbreaks of koi herpesvirus (KHV) infection in carp are still a serious problem worldwide. KHV is closely related to other two cyprinid herpesviruses, pox herpesvirus (CHV) and haematopoietic necrosis herpesvirus (CyHV-2) in goldfish. In this study, two major KHV antigenic proteins (ORF62 and ORF68) were identified by immunoscreening using a KHV-specific(More)
Innate immune response is a primitive form of defense mechanism existent in plants and animals. It is a complex system which, in vertebrates, is composed of cellular and humoral responses. The vertebrate teleost fish, which diverged from the tetrapod lineage about 450 million years ago, has an innate immune component that shows considerable conservation(More)
The warm temperature acclimation related 65kDa protein (Wap65) in teleost fish shares high structural similarities with mammalian hemopexins. Recent studies using microarray analysis indicated that this temperature acclimation protein may also be involved in immune responses. To provide evidence of its potential involvement in immune responses after(More)
Through the Community Sequencing Program, a catfish EST sequencing project was carried out through a collaboration between the catfish research community and the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. Prior to this project, only a limited EST resource from catfish was available for the purpose of SNP identification. A total of 438,321 quality ESTs(More)
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 9 cDNA and gene were cloned from Japanese flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus. The Japanese flounder TLR9 cDNA encodes 1065 amino acids. The leucine-rich domain (LRD) and the Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain found in other vertebrate TLR9s were conserved in Japanese flounder TLR9. The gene is composed of three exons and two(More)
Ferritins are the major iron storage protein in the cytoplasm of cells, responsible for regulating levels of intracellular iron. Ferritin genes are widely distributed in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In mammals, ferritin molecules are composed of heavy- (H) and light- (L) chain subunits; amphibian genomes contain three ferritin-type genes (H; middle, M;(More)