Protective responses of two paralogs of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) in rock bream,Oplegnathus fasciatusduring bacterial and viral infection

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Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) has a key role in the production of neutrophilic granulocytes during normal hematopoietic development and release of neutrophils into the blood circulation. In this study we have identified and characterized two paralogs of GCSF (RbGCSF) in rock bream. Although RbGCSF-1 and RbGCSF-2 share low sequence conservation, its domains and protein structure still share significant similarity. Basal levels of RbGCSF-1 gene expression was high in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs), spleen and intestine whereas the RbGCSF-2 was highly expressed in PBLs and kidney, of healthy animals. A significant induction of RbGCSFs were observed after the challenge with Streptococcus iniae in kidney, spleen and gills during initial hours of infection. Whereas Edwarsiella tarda infection caused a reasonable expression in kidney. Red seabream iridovirus caused induction of RbGCSF-1 transcription only in gills during initial hours. This higher expression of RbGCSF in early hours may be its response to induce emergency hematopoiesis, due to shortage of neutrophils to combat the surge in pathogens. The difference in induction of RbGCSF paralogs during infection may constitute to its different roles or overlapping functions.HighlightsTwo GCSF paralogs of rock bream were identified and characterized.Basal levels of GCSF-1 and GCSF-2 expression were high in tissues with immuno-hematopoietic related functions.High induction of GCSF paralogs in kidney, spleen and gills of rock bream after the challenge with Streptococcus iniae.Possibilities of difference in roles or overlapping functions for GCSF paralogs were observed.

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