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Temperature-induced transcription of inflammatory mediators and the influence of Hsp70 following LPS stimulation of southern bluefin tuna peripheral blood leukocytes and kidney homogenates


Polinski, M and Bridle, AR and Nowak, BF, Temperature-induced transcription of inflammatory mediators and the influence of Hsp70 following LPS stimulation of southern bluefin tuna peripheral blood leukocytes and kidney homogenates, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 34, (5) pp. 1147-1157. ISSN 1050-4648 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fsi.2013.01.026


Temperature is known to influence inflammatory signalling in mammals, but far less understood in fish. The aim of the present study was to explore the potential effects of temperature on innate immune signalling in head kidney and leukocyte populations of the economically important southern bluefin tuna through the identification and utilization of gene expression targets in vitro. Here, we identified the mRNA sequences of five potential inflammatory mediators e TNFa (1 and 2), IL-1b, IL-8, and Cox2 e and demonstrate induction of four e TNFa (2), IL-1b, IL-8, and Cox2 e following LPS stimulation of both peripheral blood leukocytes and head kidney homogenates in vitro by real-time quantitative PCR. Comparison of transcriptional expression in cultures held at 18 and 25 C (both within the presumed natural temperature range of this heterothermic species) showed accelerated transcription of cytokines TNFa, IL-1b and IL-8 following LPS stimulation at 25 C in both tissue types. Peak induction reached comparable levels for each transcript at both temperatures during the 24 h test period with only limited (if any) protraction in expression resulting from cold temperature (18 C) incubation. Partial mRNA sequences were also identified for both the constitutively expressed and heat inducible chaperone proteins Hsc70 and Hsp70, and 24 h incubation at 25 C was sufficient to induce Hsp70 transcription in leukocyte but not in head kidney cell populations. Taken together these findings suggest that temperature exerts influence in the timing but not the degree of an innate inflammatory response in bluefin tuna and that different cell populations have differential responsiveness to heat shock in this heterothermic species. Further, LPS stimulation failed to induce Hsp70 at either incubation temperature in leukocytes; whereas 25 C incubation caused Hsp70 up-regulation in leukocytes with or without the presence of LPS. This suggests that Hsp70 does not play a direct role in immune responsiveness for this species and that an environmental temperature of 25 C in excess of 24 h initiates a cellular stress response in blood cells of this organism. Lastly, a strong correlation between Hsp70 and IL-8 transcriptional expression was observed following LPS/heat shock stimulation of leukocytes and five potential heat shock response elements were subsequently identified on the gene promoter region of IL-8 indicating that heat shock coactivation of this chemokine previously identified in mammals is also likely present in fish.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
UTAS Author:Polinski, M (Mr Mark Polinski)
UTAS Author:Bridle, AR (Associate Professor Andrew Bridle)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:84311
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2013-05-06
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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