Transcriptional analysis of olive flounder lectins in response to VHSV infection

Lee, Young Mee;Noh, Jae Koo;Kim, Hyun Chul;Park, Choul-Ji;Park, Jong-Won;Noh, Gyeong Eon;Kim, Woo-Jin;Kim, Kyung-Kil

  • Received : 2016.03.04
  • Accepted : 2016.05.01
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Lectins play significant roles in the innate immune responses through binding to pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) on the surfaces of microorganisms. In the present study, tissue distribution and expression analysis of olive flounder lectins were performed after viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) challenge. Fish egg lectin and serum lectin were found to be predominantly expressed in the gills and liver, these results indicate that the transcript expression of olive flounder lectins is concentrated in immune-related tissues. Following a VHSV challenge, an overall increase in the transcript levels of the genes was observed and the expression patterns were distinctly divided into early and later responses during VHSV infection. In conclusion, olive flounder lectins are specifically expressed in immune-related organs and induced in both the immediate and long-lasting immune responses to VHSV in the olive flounder. These results indicate that lectins may be play important roles in the host defense mechanism and involved in the innate and adaptive immune response to viruses in fish.


Gene expression;Olive flounder;Paralichthys olivaceus;Lectin;Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV);Adaptive immune response


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