Ovothiol A synthase transcription levels in different tissues of the mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to copper

Squatrito, Valeria (2019) Ovothiol A synthase transcription levels in different tissues of the mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to copper. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Biologia marina [LM-DM270] - Ravenna
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Marine organisms are continuously exposed to reactive oxygen species (ROS). Although ROS can act as signaling molecules, thus showing a physiological role, their excess may cause oxidative stress resulting in multiple adverse effects such as protein and lipid oxidation and DNA damage. A part of the antioxidant system of marine organisms consists of low molecular weight scavengers, including thiols. Many studies focused on ovothiol, a thiol isolated from marine invertebrate eggs, because of its high antioxidant power. Ovothiol A synthase (Ovo-A) is an iron (II) dependent sulfoxide synthase which catalyzes ovothiol A biosynthesis, and therefore may be a marker of ovothiol response to environmental stress in marine animals. This study investigates transcriptional response of an Ovo-A gene product to oxidative stress in three different tissues of M. galloprovincialis (gonads, digestive glands and gills) and considering sex bias. Mussels were in vivo exposed to copper (Cu2+=10 µg/l) and tissues were dissected at 3 and 7 days of exposure. Ovo-A expression was assessed by quantitative real time PCR. Gonads were also collected for the histological analyses to determine the development stages. Female gonads showed significant Ovo-A downregulation in stage 5 organisms compared to stage 2 and stage 3. In Cu-treated mussels, down-regulation was observed in male gonads. No significant response occurred in treated digestive glands and gills. Downregulation of Ovo-A in relation to female gonads development may be due the conversion to Ovo-A mRNA into the protein which is then accumulated in oocytes as a part of the ‘‘be prepared’’ adaptive strategy allowing fast induction of embryo stress defenses. The lack of Ovo-A regulation by Cu in extragonadal tissues and the relevant influence of gonadal maturation stage in Ovo-A baseline expression lead to hypothesise that maturation processes may display a major role in Ovo-A regulation than exposure oxidative stress generating chemicals.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Squatrito, Valeria
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Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Ovothiol A, Ovothiol A synthase, Mytilus galloprovincialis, gene expression, antioxidant system
Data di discussione della Tesi
14 Febbraio 2019

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