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Immunohistochemical identification of dynorphin A and Kappa opioid receptor-1 in the digestive system of scallop Chlamys farreri

Authors
  • Sun, Hushan
  • Wang, Yiyan
  • Liu, Xiaoli
  • Liu, Dongwu
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
Publisher
Science Press
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2018
Volume
36
Issue
6
Pages
2288–2296
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00343-019-7259-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Little is known about the roles of dynorphin and Kappa opioid receptor (KOR) in mollusks. In this study, we aim to determine the distribution of dynorphin A and KOR-1 in the digestive system of the scallop Chlamys farreri. Using immunohistochemical staining, we confirmed the expression of dynorphin A and KOR-1 in the digestive system of C. farreri. Dynorphin A immunopositive cells were identified in intestine and hepatopancreas. In intestine, small and spherical dynorphin A immunopositive cells (4–9 μm in diameter) were scattered among the long columnar epithelial cells (ECs). In hepatopancreas, cells containing masses (5–14 μm in diameter) of dynorphin A immunopositive products were observed in epithelium of acinis. These immunopositive cells may be synthetic and/or secretory cells of dynorphin A. Dynorphin A immunoreactive products were commonly observed in epithelium and connective tissue (CT) of labial palps, mouth labia and stomach, which presented in forms of grains, fibers or flakes. KOR-1 immunoreactive material was observed in ECs and CTs of labial palps, mouth labia and stomach, intestine and hepatopancreas. The distribution of both dynorphin A and KOR-1 in the digestive organs suggests an involvement of dynorphin via KOR-1 in the functional regulation of the digestive system of C. farreri.

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