Expressed IgH and transcripts share diversity segment in ranched Thunnus orientalis. Academic Article uri icon


  • It is now appreciated that in addition to the immunoglobulin (Ig)M and D isotypes fish also make the mucosal IgT. In this study we sequenced the full length of Ig as well as in the commercially important Thunnus orientalis (Pacific bluefin tuna), the first molecular analysis of these two Ig isotypes in a member of the order Perciformes. Tuna IgM and IgT are each composed of four constant (CH) domains. We cloned and sequenced 48 different variable (VH) domain gene rearrangements of tuna immunoglobulins and grouped the VH gene sequences to four VH gene segment families based on 70% nucleotide identity. Three VH gene families were used by both IgM and IgT but one group was only found to be used by IgM. Most interestingly, both and clones appear to use the same diversity (DH) segment, unlike what has been described in other species, although they have dedicated IgT and IgM joining (JH) gene segments. We complemented this repertoire study with phylogenetic and tissue expression analysis. In addition to supporting the development of humoral vaccines in this important aquaculture species, these data suggest that the DH-JH recombination rather than the VH-DH recombination may be instructive for IgT versus IgM/D bearing lymphocyte lineages in some fish.

published proceedings

  • Dev Comp Immunol

author list (cited authors)

  • Mashoof, S., Pohlenz, C., Chen, P. L., Deiss, T. C., Gatlin, D., Buentello, A., & Criscitiello, M. F.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Mashoof, Sara||Pohlenz, Camilo||Chen, Patricia L||Deiss, Thaddeus C||Gatlin, Delbert||Buentello, Alejandro||Criscitiello, Michael F

publication date

  • March 2014