Essential function of transglutaminase and clotting protein in shrimp immunity.

  title={Essential function of transglutaminase and clotting protein in shrimp immunity.},
  author={Mary Beth Bacano Maningas and Hidehiro Kondo and Ikuo Hirono and Tatsuo Saito-Taki and Takashi Aoki},
  journal={Molecular immunology},
  volume={45 5},
Blood coagulation is a conserved defense mechanism among invertebrates and it has been well studied in horseshoe crab and freshwater crayfish but is ill defined in shrimp. Transglutaminase (TGase) and clotting protein (CP) are molecules involved in the blood clotting system of shrimp. Here, we demonstrate in vivo the functional involvement of TGase and CP in the shrimp blood coagulation system using RNA interference. Expression of TGase mRNA was inhibited in gills, heart, hemocyte… CONTINUE READING


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