TLR4 and TLR8 variability in Amazonian and West Indian manatee species from Brazil. Academic Article uri icon


  • Amazonian (Trichechus inunguis) and West Indian (Trichechus manatus) manatees are aquatic mammals vulnerable to extinction found in the Amazon basin and the coastal western Atlantic. Toll-like receptors (TLR) play a key role in recognizing pathogen-associated molecular patterns using leucine-rich repeats (LRRs). We described the diversity of TLR4 and TLR8 genes in these two species of manatee. Amazonian manatee showed seven SNPs in TLR4 and the eight in TLR8, while West Indian manatee shared four and six of those SNPs, respectively. In our analysis, TLR4 showed one non-conservative amino acid replacement substitution in LRR7 and LRR8, on the other hand, TLR8 was less variable and showed only conserved amino acid substitutions. Selection analysis showed that only one TLR4 site was subjected to positive selection and none in TLR8. TLR4 in manatees did not show any evidence of convergent evolution compared to species of the cetacean lineage. Differences in TLR4 and TLR8 polymorphism may be related to distinct selection by pathogens, population reduction of West Indian manatees, or an expected consequence of population expansion in Amazonian manatees. Future studies combining pathogen association and TLR polymorphism may clarify possible roles of these genes and be used for conservation purposes of manatee species.

published proceedings

  • Genet Mol Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Oliveira, T., Burlamaqui, T., S, A., Breaux, B., Luna, F., Attademo, F., ... Schneider, M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Oliveira, Tatiana Maia de||Burlamaqui, Tibério Cesar Tortola||Sá, André Luiz Alves de||Breaux, Breanna||Luna, Fábia de Oliveira||Attademo, Fernanda Löffler Niemeyer||Klautau, Alex Garcia Cavalleiro de Macedo||Oliveira, Jairo Moura||Sena, Leonardo||Criscitiello, Michael F||Schneider, Maria Paula Cruz

publication date

  • January 2021