Molecular characterization of two distinct Smads gene and their roles in the response to bacteria change and wound healing fromHyriopsis cumingii

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Abstract

The proteins of Smad family are critical components of the TGF-β superfamily signal pathway. In this paper, we cloned two intracellular mediators of TGF-β signaling, Smad3 and Smad5, from the pearl mussel Hyriopsis cumingii. The full length cDNA of HcSmad3 and HcSmad5 were 2052 bp and 1908 bp and encoded two polypeptides of 418 and 461amino acid residues, respectively. The deduced amino acid of HcSmad3 and HcSmad5 possessed two putative conserved domains, MH1 and MH2, a conserved phosphorylation motif SSXS at the carboxyl-terminal. The two Smad genes were detected muscle, mantle, hepatopancreas and gill, but with a very low level in heamocytes. The transcripts of Smad3 and Smad5 were up-regulated in hemocytes and hepatopancreas after A. hydrophila and PGN stimulation. However, the expression of Smad3 and Smad5 were only up-regulated in hepatopancreas after A. hydrophila stimulation. The transcripts of Smad3 and Smad5 had a slight change in hepatopancreas after PGN stimulation. The transcripts of HcSmad3 showed very little increase and HcSmad5 mRNA significantly up-regulated after wounding.

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