Gene expression during different periods of the handling-stress response in Pampus argenteus

  • Peng Sun (孙鹏)
  • Baojun Tang (唐保军)
  • Fei Yin (尹飞)


Common aquaculture practices subject fish to a variety of acute and chronic stressors. Such stressors are inherent in aquaculture production but can adversely affect survival, growth, immune response, reproductive capacity, and behavior. Understanding the biological mechanisms underlying stress responses helps with methods to alleviate the negative effects through better aquaculture practices, resulting in improved animal welfare and production efficiency. In the present study, transcriptome sequencing of liver and kidney was performed in silver pomfret (Pampus argenteus) subjected to handling stress versus controls. A total of 162.19 million clean reads were assembled to 30 339 unigenes. The quality of the assembly was high, with an N50 length of 2 472 bases. For function classification and pathway assignment, the unigenes were categorized into three GO (gene ontology) categories, twenty-six clusters of eggNOG (evolutionary genealogy of genes: non-supervised orthologous groups) function categories, and thirty-eight KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) pathways. Stress affected different functional groups of genes in the tissues studied. Differentially expressed genes were mainly involved in metabolic pathways (carbohydrate metabolism, lipid metabolism, amino-acid metabolism, uptake of cofactors and vitamins, and biosynthesis of other secondary metabolites), environmental information processing (signaling molecules and their interactions), organismal systems (endocrine system, digestive system), and disease (immune, neurodegenerative, endocrine and metabolic diseases). This is the first reported analysis of genome-wide transcriptome in P. argenteus, and the findings expand our understanding of the silver pomfret genome and gene expression in association with stress. The results will be useful to future analyses of functional genes and studies of healthy artificial breeding in P. argenteus and other related fish species.


gene ontology immune system next-generation sequencing transcriptome unigenes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Sun (孙鹏)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Baojun Tang (唐保军)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fei Yin (尹飞)
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of East China Sea Fishery Resources Exploitation, Ministry of AgricultureChinese Academy of Fishery SciencesShanghaiChina
  2. 2.East China Sea Fisheries Research InstituteChinese Academy of Fishery SciencesShanghaiChina

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