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Molecular cloning and expression analysis of tumour necrosis factor-alpha in amoebic gill disease (AGD)-affected Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

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posted on 2023-05-16, 20:22 authored by Morrison, RN, Zou, J, Secombes, CJ, Scapigliati, G, Mark AdamsMark Adams, Barbara NowakBarbara Nowak
Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) is a key mediator of inflammation during amoebiasis of humans and mice. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) are also susceptible to infection by amoebae (Neoparamoeba spp.), inflicting a condition known as amoebic gill disease (AGD). Here, the role of TNF-α in AGD-pathogenesis was examined. Two Atlantic salmon TNF-α transcripts designated TNF-α1 and TNF-α2 together with their respective genes were cloned and sequenced. TNF-α1 is 1379 bp and consists of a 738 bp open reading frame (ORF) translating into a predicted protein of 246 amino acids. TNF-α2 is 1412 bp containing an ORF and translated protein the same lengths as TNF-α1. An anti-rainbow trout TNF-α polyclonal antibody that bound recombinant Atlantic salmon TNF-α1 and TNF-α2 was used to detect constitutive and inducible expression of TNF-α in various tissues. The anti-TNF-α antibody bound to a TNF-like protein ≈60 kDa that was constitutively expressed in a number of tissues in healthy Atlantic salmon. However, this protein was not detected in lysates from mitogen-stimulated head kidney leucocytes, despite up-regulation of TNF-α mRNAs under the same conditions. During the early onset of AGD in Atlantic salmon, there were no demonstrable differences in the gill tissue expression of TNF-α1, TNF-α2 nor the interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and interferon gamma (IFN-γ) mRNAs compared to tissue from healthy fish. In Atlantic salmon with advanced AGD, IL-1β but not TNF-α1 or TNF-α2 mRNAs was up-regulated and was lesion-restricted. Given that Neoparamoeba spp. modulated both TNF-α2 and IL-1β in head kidney leucocytes in vitro, it appears that rather than being recalcitrant to Neoparamoeba spp.-mediated TNF-α expression, either the parasite can influence the cytokine response during infection, there is ineffective signalling for TNF-α expression, or there are too few cells at the site of infection with the capacity to produce TNF-α. These data support our previous observation that IL-1β mRNA expression is up-regulated in AGD-affected tissue and that TNF-α is not intrinsic in AGD-pathogenesis. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Fish and Shellfish Immunology










Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Academic Press

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United Kingdom

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Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified

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