The presence of an insulin-like peptide-binding protein (ILPBP) in the ovary and its involvement in the ovarian development of the red deep-sea crab, Chaceon quinquedens
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The presence of an insulin-like peptide-binding protein (ILPBP) in the ovary and its involvement in the ovarian development of the red deep-sea crab, Chaceon quinquedens

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    2021

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    General and Comparative Endocrinology 301 (2021) 113653
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    Invertebrate insulin-like peptide-binding proteins (ILPBPs) are structurally homologous to vertebrate insulin-like growth factor binding protein 7 (IGFBP7). One of the invertebrate ILPBPs is considered as a potential binding protein of insulin-like androgenic gland factor (IAG) in males of crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus. However, the ILPBP expression is not limited in the androgenic gland and found in most examined tissues, implicating that ILPBP may have additional functions in crustaceans. Here, the full-length cDNA sequence of ILPBP (termed ChqILPBP) is isolated from the ovary of the red deep-sea crab, Chaceon quinquedens. ChqILPBP transcripts are present in the various tissues, as similar to other crab species. The crustacean ILPBPs have their putative amino acid sequences conserved much less than vertebrate IGFBP7s. To understand if ChqILPBP is involved in ovarian development, examined are levels of ChqILPBP, together with vitellogenin (ChqVTG) in the same ovary and hepatopancreas of adult females at the different ovarian stages: 2, 3, and 5. Chaceon hepatopancreas exhibits as the primary VTG synthesis site, while VTG transcript levels do not differ by the ovarian stages. The ovary contains ChqILPBP transcripts ~10-fold higher than hepatopancreas that changes significantly from stage 2 to 3. Such an expression pattern mirrors that of ovarian ChqVTG. In hepatopancreas, ChqILPBP transcripts are similar at stages 2 and 3 and increase significantly at stage 5. The data indicate that ovarian ILPBP may function differently from that of the hepatopancreas and may play a role in ovarian development. ChqAK transcripts are ~six folds higher in the ovary than the hepatopancreas. While they do not differ by ovarian stages, suggesting that AK may not be involved in vitellogenesis of the cold water crustacean species.
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