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Comp Biochem Physiol B Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Jun;165(2):99-105. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2013.03.010. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

Cloning and tissue distribution of a fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase-like gene and effects of dietary lipid levels on its expression in the hepatopancreas of Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis).

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Exploration and Utilization of Aquatic Genetic Resources, College of Fisheries and Life Science, Shanghai Ocean University, Huchenghuan Road 999, Lingang New District, Shanghai 201306, PR China.


Fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase is the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway of highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) in vertebrates. In this report, a fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase-like cDNA was cloned from the hepatopancreas of Eriocheir sinensis (Chinese mitten crab) and characterized by performing rapid-amplification of cDNA ends. The 2278-bp long full-length cDNA encodes a polypeptide with 442 amino acids. Gene expression analysis via real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction revealed that the fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase-like transcripts are widely distributed in various tissues, with high expression levels in the hepatopancreas and cranial ganglia. This study focuses on the nutritional regulation of genes involved in the HUFA biosynthetic pathway in Chinese mitten crab. A feeding trial was performed whereby crablets were fed for 238 d with four different diets: control diet without oil lipids (added with 3% basic lipid of the fundamental diets); fish oil diet (FO; added with 3% of the fundamental diets); soybean oil diet (SO; added with 3% of the fundamental diets); and FO/SO diet (1:1; added with 3% of the fundamental diets). The hepatopancreas of crabs sampled at 168 d and 238 d to determine the effects on fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase-like mRNA expression. The results show that the expression of fatty acyl Δ6-desaturase-like is higher in the hepatopancreas of crabs fed with SO diet than those fed with FO diet. Furthermore, gene expression increased by 2.45-fold in the hepatopancreas of crabs fed with SO after 238 d than those fed after 168 d but remained steady for those fed with FO after 238 d.

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