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P2X purinoceptor 7 (P2X7R), an ATP-gated ion channel, plays an important role during the innate immune response in mammals. However, relatively little is known about the role of P2X7R in the fish immune system. Here, we cloned a cDNA sequence encoding ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis) P2X7R (aP2X7R). The predicted protein was composed of 574 amino acid residues(More)
Interleukin 1β (IL-1β), the first interleukin to be characterized, plays a key role in regulating the immune response. In this study, we determined the cDNA and genomic DNA sequences of the IL-1β gene from the large yellow croaker, Larimichthys crocea. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the IL-1β (LcIL-1β) gene was most closely related to that of European(More)
C-type lectin receptors (CTLRs) play vital roles in immune responses as pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs). In this study, we identified a novel C-type lectin receptor (PaCTLRC) gene from ayu, Plecoglossus altivelis. Predicted PaCTLRC is a single transmembrane receptor with a typical carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) at its C-terminus. Sequence(More)
IL-1β plays a crucial role as a prototypical proinflammatory cytokine in immune responses and has been shown to affect macrophage functions. However, the effects of putative IL-1β homologs on fish macrophages are still less known. Here, we cloned the full-length cDNA sequence of IL-1β (aIL-1β) gene from ayu, Plecoglossus altivelis. Phylogenetic analysis(More)
Rapid, low-cost, and user-friendly strategies are urgently needed for early disease diagnosis and timely treatment, particularly for on-site screening of pathogens in aquaculture. In this study, we successfully developed a real-time fluorogenic loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay integrated on a microfluidic disc chip (on-chip LAMP), which was(More)
Leukocyte cell-derived chemotaxin 2 (LECT2) is a multifunctional cytokine and reduced plasma levels were found in patients with sepsis. However, precise functions and mechanisms of LECT2 remain unclear. The aim of the present study was to determine the role of LECT2 in modulating immune responses using mouse sepsis models. We found that LECT2 treatment(More)
Hepcidin, a member of cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptides, plays an important role in both fish adaptive immunity and the regulation of iron metabolism. In this paper, the nucleotide sequence of a full-length cDNA clone for ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis) hepcidin gene, 763 nucleotides in length, was determined. Ayu hepcidin gene contained a complete open(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical features and prognosis of mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). METHODS Clinical, laboratory and instrumental examination information of 91 patients with MCTD,who were diagnosed between 1990 to 2008 in Peking University People's Hospital, were collected and analyzed retrospectively. These patients were(More)
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can differentiate into cells of all lineages in the blood. However, the mechanisms by which cytokines in the blood affect HSC homeostasis remain largely unknown. Here we show that leukocyte cell-derived chemotaxin 2 (LECT2), a multifunctional cytokine, induces HSC expansion and mobilization. Recombinant LECT2 administration(More)
Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal that causes the disruption of a variety of physiological processes. In this study, the effect of Cd on liver proteome of ayu, Plecoglossus altivelis, was investigated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF–MS/MS).(More)