Isolation and characterization of the complete cDNA sequence encoding a putative insulin-like peptide from the androgenic gland of Penaeus monodon

V. R. Mareddy, O. Rosen, H. B. Thaggard, R. Manor, A. V. Kuballa, E. D. Aflalo, A. Sagi, B. Paterson, A. Elizur

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Abstract

Sexual differentiation in male crustaceans is known to be controlled by the androgenic gland (AG), possibly through a peptide hormone. Recently, three freshwater and one marine crustacean decapod genes encoding AG-specific insulin-like peptides were characterized. We report here the molecular cloning of the complete sequence encoding an AG-specific insulin-like peptide (Pm-IAG) in the commercially important marine Penaeid prawn, Penaeus monodon. The deduced precursor sequence consists of a signal peptide, B chain, C peptide and an A chain. It exhibits the same structural organization as that of previously identified crustacean insulin-like androgenic gland specific peptides (IAGs). The positions of cysteine residues of the putative A and B chains, which govern the folding of the mature peptide via the formation of disulfide bridges, are highly conserved among the prawn and other crustaceans, while the rest of the amino acids show low sequence similarity. Gene expression analysis of Pm-IAG in several tissues, including the closely juxtaposed sperm duct and muscle, confirmed that it is specifically expressed in the AG. The findings suggest that with an appropriate intervention, sexual differentiation could be manipulated and thus might be instrumental for the establishment of monosex culture in this bimodally growing shrimp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-370
Number of pages7
JournalAquaculture
Volume318
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Androgenic gland
  • Insulin-like gene
  • Monosex aquaculture
  • Penaeus monodon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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