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Fish Shellfish Immunol 2016 Feb 01;49:387-95. doi: 10.1016/j.fsi.2016.01.007.
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Cathepsin L of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus-molecular characterization and transcriptional response to Vibrio splendidus infection.

Yang J , Liu H , Zheng G , Xiang X , Lv Z , Wang T .

Cathepsin L, a lysosomal endopeptidase, has been noted for its involvement in the innate immune response in invertebrates. Here, the cathepsin L cDNA of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus (AjCatL) is identified from an EST library and then cloned by the rapid amplification of the cDNA ends (RACE) PCR. The full-length cDNA is 1678 bp long containing an open reading frame (ORF) of 1002 bp, an 80 bp 5'' UTR and a 599 bp 3'' UTR. The cDNA encodes 333 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular mass of 37.07 kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point (pI) of 5.01. The full-length AjCatL contains three active sites of eukaryotic thiol (cysteine) protease at positions 133-144, 278-288 and 295-314. Analysis of the predicted tertiary structure of prepro-CatL (17-333 aa) and mature-CatL (116-333 aa) reveals that the propeptide region (17-115 aa) blocks access to the substrate-binding cleft. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the AjCatL is clustered together with two other CatLs from Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. The enzymatic activity of AjCatL was verified using a substrate hydrolyzing assay with recombinant mAjCatL. Further analysis of real time-PCR demonstrates that the expression of AjCatL mRNA is significantly up-regulated in the coelomocytes in cases of infection with the common bacterial pathogen, Vibrio splendidus. This suggests that the AjCatL is likely to be involved in the immune response.

PubMed ID: 26777896
Article link: Fish Shellfish Immunol

Genes referenced: LOC100887844 LOC115925116 LOC593824 LOC752081 LOC756768