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Lipopolysaccharide- and β-1,3-glucan-binding protein (LGBP) existed in diversity of invertebrates including shrimp plays a crucial role in an innate immunity via mediating the recognition of invading pathogens. In this study, LGBP was cloned and characterized from the hepatopancreas of Litopenaeus vannamei, named as LvLGBP. Its full-length cDNA of 1282 bp contained an open reading frame (1101 bp) encoding a peptide of 367 amino acids. The LGBP primary structure contained a glycosyl hydrolase domain, two integrin binding motifs, two kinase C phosphorylation sites, and two polysaccharide recognition motifs which were identified as a polysaccharide binding motif and a β-1,3-glucan recognition motif. The LvLGBP transcripts were expressed mainly in the hepatopancreas. Upon challenge with Vibrio parahaemolyticus or white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), the LvLGBP mRNA expression was significantly up-regulated to reach a maximum at 48 h post injection. Its expression was also induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or β-1,3-glucan stimulation. RNAi-based silencing resulted in the critical suppression of LvLGBP expression. Knockdown of LvLGBP gene with co-inoculation by V. parahaemolyticus or WSSV led to increase in the cumulative mortality and reduce in the median lethal time. Native LGBP was detected only in the hepatopancreas as verified by Western blotting. Purified LGBP from the hepatopancreas exhibited the agglutinating and binding activity towards Gram-negative bacterium V. parahaemolyticus with calcium-dependence. Its agglutinating activity was dominantly inhibited by LPS with higher potential than β-1,3-glucan. Purified LvLGBP could significantly activate the hemocyte phenoloxidase activity in the presence of LPS (12.9 folds), while slight activation was detected with β-1,3-glucan (2.0 folds). It could enhance the encapsulation by hemocytes but did not have antibacterial activity. These results provided evidence that LvLGBP might act as a pathogenic recognition protein to activate shrimp immune defense against invading pathogens via the agglutination, binding and enhancing encapsulation and phenoloxidase activity of the hemocytes.Knockdown by dsRNA suppressed LvLGBP expression and increased shrimp mortality.LvLGBP could induced V. parahaemolyticus agglutination with calcium dependence.LvLGBP efficiently enhanced cellular encapsulation by hemocytes.LvLGBP with LPS dramatically activated the hemocyte phenoloxidase activity.LvLGBP had no antibacterial activity.