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Moribund specimens of the oyster, Crassostrea ariakensis Gould, aged 2-3 years were collected from Hailing Bay in Yangxi County of Guangdong Province from February to May and November to December in the years 2001, 2002, and 2003. A massive infection by an obligate intracellular prokaryote, specifically a rickettsia-like organism (RLO), was found. Here we(More)
We identified a tetraspanin family member gene, named Ca-TSP, in the oyster Crassostrea ariakensis and found that the transcription profiles of Ca-TSP were variable in the oyster hemocytes. Three distinct patterns of variation of Ca-TSP were observed. Using immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy, we show that Ca-TSP was present in granules and in(More)
Rel\NF-kappaB signal transduction pathway is evolutionarily conserved and involved in numerous biological processes. We report here, for the first time that a homologue of Rel\NF-kappaB transcription factor, Ab-Rel, was identified and functionally characterized in a gastropod abalone, H. diversicolor supertexta. The full-length Ab-Rel cDNA consists of 1943(More)
A subtracted cDNA library from lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Epinephelus awoara spleen was constructed using the suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH). Random clones (209) were selected and sequenced. After assembling, 36 contigs and 56 singlets (accession numbers: EB410743-EB410834) were finally obtained, some of which were immune-related(More)
Rickettsia-like organism (RLO) caused mass mortality of oysters, but little is known about the protective immune response to this microorganism. The present study was undertaken to identify a gene, ompR, encoding an outer membrane protein of rickettsia-like organism from oyster Crassostrea ariakensis. The role of this protein in promoting immune responses(More)
The cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) is a transcription factor that plays important roles in cellular growth, proliferation and survival. Here, we report that a homologue of CREB transcription factor, Ca-CREB, was identified and functionally characterized in oyster, Crassostrea ariakensis. The full-length cDNA consists of 1397bp with an ORF(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL/Apo2L) is one of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily members, participating in many biological processes including apoptosis and immune responses. In present study, a novel human soluble TRAIL (sTRAIL) homolog, CasTRAIL was identified from the oyster, Crassostrea ariakensis. CasTRAIL has(More)
The BMP1/TLD-like proteinases are pleiotropic, astacin-like metalloproteinases. They play central roles in regulating the formation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and signaling through various TGFbeta-like proteins in morphogenetic and homeostatic events. Here we describe the cloning, structural characterization and expression of Tolloid-like gene in the(More)
One expressed sequence tag (EST 64LF004 clone), which is from the subtracted cDNA library of the head kidney of large yellow croaker (Pseudosciaena crocea) stimulated with peptidoglycan (PG) by suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) method, was cloned using RACE-PCR. The full length cDNA, which possesses typical structural features of a signal peptide,(More)
A rickettsia-like organism (RLO) has been suggested to be the etiological agent responsible for heavy losses of the oyster Crassostrea ariakensis Gould in China. Because of the lack of molluscan cell lines for in vitro culture of intracellular prokaryotes, antigenic analysis of RLOs has been limited by the inherent difficulties of their purification. In(More)