Four selenoprotein P genes exist in salmonids: Analysis of their origin and expression following Se supplementation and bacterial infection

Moritz A N Pohl* (Corresponding Author), Tiehui Wang, Thitiya Pohl, John Sweetman, Samuel A M Martin, Christopher J Secombes

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The following research was conducted to elucidate the evolution and expression of salmonid selenoprotein P (SelP), a selenoprotein that is unique in having multiple selenocysteine (Sec) residues, following supranutritional selenium supplementation and infection in rainbow trout. We show that in salmonids SelP is present as four paralogues and that the diversification of SelP genes during vertebrate evolution relates to whole genome duplication events. With 17 and 16 selenocysteine residues for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)/Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) SelPa1 and SelPa2 proteins respectively and 1 or 2 (trout or salmon) and 4 or 3 (trout or salmon) selenocysteine residues for salmonid SelPb1 and SelPb2 proteins respectively, this is the highest number of (predicted) multiple selenocysteine containing SelP proteins reported for any vertebrate species to date. To investigate the effects of selenium form on SelP expression we added different concentrations (1 nM- 10 μM) of organic or inorganic selenium to a trout cell line (RTG-2 cells) and analysed changes in mRNA abundance. We next studied the impact of supplementation on the potential modulation of these transcripts by PAMPs and proinflammatory cytokines in RTG-2 and RTS-11 cells. These experiments revealed that selenium type influenced the responses, and that SelP gene subfunctionalisation was apparent. To get an insight into the expression patterns in vivo we conducted a feeding trial with 2 diets differing in selenium content and 5 weeks later challenged the trout with a bacterial pathogen (Aeromonas salmonicida). Four tissues were analysed for SelP paralogue expression. The results show a significant induction of SelPa1 in gills and intestine following infection in selenium supplemented fish and for SelPa2 in gills. SelPb1 was significantly reduced in head kidney of both diet groups following infection, whilst SelPb2 was significantly upregulated in skin of both diet groups post infection. Overall these findings reveal differential expression profiles for the SelPa/SelPb paralogues in trout, influenced by selenium supply, cell type/tissue and stimulant. The increase of multiple Sec containing SelP proteins in salmonids could indicate an enhanced requirement for selenium in this lineage.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0209381
JournalPloS ONE
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements: This research was funded by Alltech. We thank Dr. Jun Zou (Shanghai Ocean University) for the provision of the recombinant proteins and PAMPS used in this study.

Data Availability: All cloned sequences as reported in this study were submitted to the GenBank database at (accession number(s) MH085053-MH085057).

Funding: M.A.N.P. received funding of his PhD studies by Alltech ( under the grant code rg13398-10. The research yielded this manuscript. The authors can confirm the funder provided support in the form of a studentship for author M.A.N.P. and salaries for JS but did not have any additional role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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