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Characterization and mapping of expressed sequence tags isolated from a subtracted cDNA library of Litopenaeus vannamei injected with white spot syndrome virus.

ABSTRACT A large number of polymorphic simple sequence repeats (SSRs) or microsatellites are needed to develop a genetic map for shrimp. However, developing an SSR map is very time-consuming, expensive, and most SSRs are not specifically linked to gene loci of immediate interest. We report here on our strategy to develop polymorphic markers using expressed sequence tags (ESTs) by designing primers flanking single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats. A subtracted cDNA library was prepared using RNA from specific pathogen-free (SPF) Litopenaeus vannamei juveniles (~1 g) collected before (0) and after (48 h) inoculation with the China isolate of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV). A total of 224 clones were sequenced, 194 of which were useful for homology comparisons against annotated genes in NCBI nonredundant (nr) and protein databases, providing 179 sequences encoded by nuclear DNA, 4 mitochondrial DNA, and 11 were similar to portions of WSSV genome. The nuclear sequences clustered in 43 groups, 11 of which were homologous to various ESTs of unknown function, 4 had no homology to any sequence, and 28 showed similarities to known genes of invertebrates and vertebrates, representatives of cellular metabolic processes such as calcium ion balance, cytoskeleton mRNAs, and protein synthesis. A few sequences were homologous to immune system-related (allergens) genes and two were similar to motifs of the sex- lethal gene of Drosophila. A large number of EST sequences were similar to domains of the EF-hand superfamily ([Ca.sup.2+] binding motif and FRQ protein domain of myosin light chains). Single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats were found in approximately 61% of the 179 nuclear sequences. Primer sets were designed from 28 sequences representing 19 known or putative genes and tested for polymorphism (EST-SSR marker) in a small test panel containing 16 individuals. Ten (53%) of the 19 putative or unknown function genes were polymorphic, 4 monomorphic, and 3 either failed to satisfactorily amplify genomic DNA or the allele amplification conditions need to be further optimized. Five polymorphic ESTs were genotyped with the entire reference mapping family, two of them (actin, accession #CX535973 and shrimp allergen arginine kinase, accession #CX535999) did not amplify with all offspring of the IRMF panel suggesting presence of null alleles, and three of them amplified in most of the IRMF offspring and were used for linkage analysis. EF-hand motif of myosin light chain (accession #CX535935) was placed in ShrimpMap's linkage group 7, whereas ribosomal protein $5 (accession #CX535957) and troponin I (accession #CX535976) remained unassigned. Results indicate that (a) a large number of ESTs isolated from this cDNA library are similar to cytoskeleton mRNAs anal may reflect a normal pathway of the cellular response after im infection with WSSV, and (b) primers flanking single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats from shrimp ESTs could be an efficient approach to develop polymorphic markers useful for linkage mapping. Work is underway to map additional SSR-containing ESTs from this and other cDNA libraries as a plausible strategy to increase marker density in ShrimpMap.

KEY WORDS: Litopenaeus vannamei, White Spot Syndrome Virus, WSSV, linkage mapping, expressed sequence tags, ESTs, ShrimpMap, myosin light chain, E-F hand motif, actin, ribosomal proteins


White spot syndrome (WSS) disease, caused by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), affects most commercially important shrimp species and threatens the shrimp farming industry worldwide causing widespread morbidity and mortality in postlarval, juvenile, and adult stages of many penaeid species common to aquaculture (Lightner 1996, Flegel et al. 1997, OIE 2007). WSSV is a double-stranded DNA nonoccluded virus that belongs to a new family of viruses (Nimaviridae) infecting crustaceans (Lightner 1996, van Hulten et al. 2001, Yang et al. 2001, Marks et ai. 2003). WSSV often causes mortality in the infected animals within 48 h under laboratory conditions and within a few days under field conditions and different WSSV isolates have been reported (Cesar et al. 1998, Wongteerasupaya et al. 2003). Infected animals in commercial ponds show a reddish discoloration and lethargy and occasionally, white spots in the exoskeleton (Rodriguez et al. 2003). As there is no treatment for WSS, efforts focus on understanding the response of the shrimp immune system to laboratory challenges with WSSV and examine the mechanisms of resistance to and pathogenesis of WSSV (Rojtinnakorn et al. 2002, Astrofsky et al. 2002, Leu et al. 2007). A maternal component for resistance to WSSV has been postulated (Huang & Song 1999) and resistant ("immune") P. japonicus has been reported after subsequent challenge with WSSV (Wu et ai. 2002, Wu & Muroga 2004). Protection of P. monodon against WSSV has also been reported by oral vaccination with food pellets coated with inactivated bacteria over expressing WSSV envelope protein VP28 (Witteveldt et al. 2004). An antiviral P. monodon gene, PmAV, has also been identified encoding for a 170 amino acid peptide with a C-type lectin-like domain (CTLD) (Luo et al. 2003). The above results indicate that both innate and adaptive immunity play a critical role in WSSV infection and suggests that selection for WSSV-resistance is possible. To date however, no heritability data for resistance to WSSV has been published.

In 1995, efforts to develop WSSV-resistant specific pathogen-free (SPF) stocks were initiated at the breeding program maintained by the United States Marine Shrimp Farming Program (USMSFP) at the Oceanic Institute in Oahu, HI. These efforts, however, have been mostly unsuccessful. As disease resistance traits are generally of low heritability, and are expensive to measure, it may be more efficient to breed for these traits with marker-assisted selection (MAS) than through traditional selective breeding. Breeding for WSSV resistance would be more efficient with MAS or through marker-assisted breeding. However, specific markers for WSSV resistance have yet to be identified. In shrimp, efforts have been made to find associations between randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers and susceptibility to viral diseases (AlcivarWarren et al. 1997, Alcivar-Warren et al. 2002 and references therein) but dominant RAPD markers are not useful for pedigree tracing purposes. A better approach to understand the genetic mechanisms of WSSV resistance, viral pathogenesis, host immune response, host-virus interactions and epigenetic control of gene expression, would be to identify candidate genes or quantitative trait loci (QTL) responsible for this trait. This could be done using a combination of genomics tools such as linkage mapping, cDNA and/or protein microarrays and appropriate resource mapping families. Some differentially expressed genes have already been identified in P. stylirostris infected with WSSV by cDNA microarrays (Dhar et al. 2003) and WSSV-infected Penaeus monodon (Tong et al. 2002, Leu et al. 2007). In addition, antiviral substances that bind both DNA and RNA viruses have been isolated in P. setiferus shrimp (Pan et al. 2000, Pan et al. 2005, He et al. 2004) and a B-1-3-glucan-binding protein has been proposed as an inducible acute phase protein that regulates the activation and/or activity of the prophenoloxidase cascade (Roux et al. 2002).

To identify candidate QTL(s) for resistance to diseases, candidate genes and/or a highly saturated linkage map for shrimp are needed. Linkage maps based on dominant Type II markers such as amplified length polymorphism (AFLP) technique have been reported for P. japonicus (Moore et al. 1999), P. monodon (Wilson et ai. 2002) and L. vannamei (Perez et al. 2005a, Zhang et al. 2007), but AFLP maps are not transferables to other species or even families of the same species. The L. vannamei map of Zhang et al. (2007) also included some microsatellites, most of which were developed at our laboratory (Meehan et al. 2003). A large number of highly polymorphic, codominant markers such as simple sequence repeats (SSRs) or microsatellites are needed to develop a highly saturated genetic map for shrimp. Our initial effort to construct a linkage map for SPF L. vannamei (ShrimpMap) focused on microsatellites isolated from genomic libraries (Alcivar-Warren et al. 2002, Meehan et al. 2003, Alcivar-Warren et ai. 2006, Garcia & Alcivar-Warren 2007). However, marker development is very time-consuming, inefficient (only ~15% of sequences are polymorphic), expensive, some of them may correspond to the same transposable elements (Alcivar-Warren et al. 2006, AlcivarWarren et al. 2007), and most markers are not specifically linked to gene loci of immediate economic interest to the shrimp aquaculture community such as resistance to pathogens, high survival and growth and cold tolerance. To increase marker density of ShrimpMap, a pilot project was initiated to determine usability of ESTs to develop gene-associated polymorphic markers from SPF L. vannamei. The specific aims of the study were (1) to isolate and characterize ESTs from a subtracted cDNA library of control and experimental shrimp injected with the China isolate of WSSV, (2) to identify polymorphic ESTs by designing primers flanking single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats, and (3) to determine usability of the ESTs in linkage mapping. We report here our strategy to develop polymorphic ESTs that could increase density of ShrimpMap based on a strategy that relies on designing primers flanking single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats.


Experimental Animals

Cultured SPF L. vannamei from the USMSFP's breeding program maintained at the Oceanic Institute (OI) in Oahu, HI were used in this study (Carr et al. 1994, Carr et al. 1997, Lotz 1997). Juveniles from each of 60 L. vannamei family crosses (Batch #2) were used to examine the possibility of developing WSSV-resistant stocks. Shrimp were shipped from OI to the quarantine facility at the University of Arizona (UAZ, Dr. Donald Lightner's laboratory) where they were acclimated before challenging by injection with the China isolate of WSSV. Approximately 590 juveniles (~10 per cross) were inoculated with WSSV and 600 (~10 per cross) were noninjected controls. Juveniles (~2.5-3.8 g) were inoculated with WSSV (day 0) and checked three times daily for eight days until termination of the challenge study. Dead and moribund animals were collected during these observation periods, animals were typed as to family cross, weighed, and ~0.5-1.0 g tail muscle was collected and placed into tubes containing 100% cold, molecular biology grade, ethyl alcohol. Because many animals died between observation periods, most of the infected animals were dead on collection. Only animals that could be typed as to family cross were collected. The WSSV-challenged tissue samples were maintained frozen ar -20[degrees]C until shipped to Tufts' laboratory. The uninjected siblings were collected on days 7 and 8 of the challenge study. All control animals were alive at collection and the whole animal was stored frozen in whirl pack bags and maintained at -70[degrees]C. All samples were shipped to Tufts laboratory in dry ice and stored at -70[degrees]C until total RNA was isolated. Histological analysis to confirm presence of WSSV in selected shrimp was performed at UAZ following established protocols (Lightner 1996).

RNA Isolation and Cloning of the cDNA Library

Total RNA was isolated following a modified guanidine isothiocyanate-based protocol (Garcia et al. 1996, AlcivarWarren et al. 1997). Pooled tissues from six animals of a family cross (Cross #30) with the largest number of dead shrimp (7/10) 48 h post WSSV inoculation, were used for RNA isolation. Good quality RNA from these six WSSV-injected ("tester") and six uninjected control siblings ("driver") were used for mRNA purification and cDNA library construction. [Poly(A).sup.+] RNA was purified using oligo(dT) cellulose columns (Gibco, BRL). The CLONTECH PCR-Select cDNA subtraction kit (K1804-1, CLONTECH, Palo Alto, CA) was used for constructing the subtracted cDNA library. Approximately 300 [micro]g total RNA was obtained from each the WSSV-injected juveniles ("tester") and uninjected siblings ("driver"), from which ~3.1 [micro]g and ~2.5 [micro]g of [poly(A).sup.+] mRNA was obtained from tester and driver shrimp RNA, respectively, using GenElute mRNA Miniprep kit (Sigma, St. Louis, MO). Two [micro]g mRNA were used as template for cDNA synthesis and subtractive hybridization following the kit manufacturer's instructions. Amplified cDNA fragments were ligated to PCR-Trap vector and transformation performed using GH-competent cells. Transformed cells were plated onto agar plates containing LB-tetracycline and X-gal. Positive recombinants were placed in colony lysis buffer, spun for 2 min at room temperature and supernatant used for PCR reaction using Lgh and Rgh primers following manufacturer's instructions. PCR products were run in a 2% agarose gel to check for clone sizes before sequencing.

DNA Sequencing and BLAST Analysis

Recombinant clones were sequenced at Tufts University DNA Sequencing facility in Boston, MA. Sequence comparisons were performed by querying them against the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) nonredundant (nr) and EST databases of Blastn and Blastx. Output files were created for easy access to individual sequence information and automatic programming established in our shrimp EST database (ShrimpESTbase) so that it will continuously update new homologous genes and other known sequences. The statistical significance of DNA sequence homologies was based on reported cut-off values of E ~value [E()] < 0.001 (Pearson 2000). All motifs with 3 or more repeats were counted as SSRs (Meehan et al. 2003). These researchers reported amplification of 51 out of 93 polymorphic SSRs that contained single or multiple motifs of less than 6 repeats each, greatly increasing the number of useful markers.

Primer Design, Microsatellite Amplification and Scoring, Polymorphism Analysis

The Primer3 program (Rozen & Skaletsky 2002), as well as visual editing, was used to design primer sets flanking one or more motifs within a clone. Primer sets chosen were based on the uniqueness of sequences and percentage of GC content. Oligonucleotide primers were synthesized by Integrated DNA Technology Inc. (IDT, Coraville, IA) and used to amplify alleles with DNA (100 ng) from a small test panel of 16 SPF L. vannamei individuals from the reference and resource mapping families of ShrimpMap. Initially, 32 SSR-containing sequences were selected for primer design (many with no similarities to any sequence in the GenBank database) and all primers were tested. However, after bioinformatics and updated search capability was established, some of these primers were found to be part of the same sequence cluster and four were deleted from further analysis. The remaining 28 primers were designed from 24 EST sequences representing 19 putative or unknown function genes (Table 1).

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed in a 25-[micro]L reaction volume containing 100 ng DNA, 7.5 ng of [gamma]-[sup.32]p-ATP labeled reverse primer, 50 ng of forward primer, 2.0 mM Mg [Cl.sub.2], 0.2 mM of dNTPs, 2.5 units of Taq polymerase (Promega, WI), and 1X buffer. The Thermal cycler (PTC-100, MJ Research, MA) profile was: 94[degrees]C for 3 min, followed by 21 cycles of 94[degrees]C for 1 min, 52[degrees]C for 1 min, and 72[degrees]C for 2 min. (Wolfus et al. 1997, Meehan et al. 2003). Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of amplified products was performed using standard laboratory procedures. Samples were run next to a known sequence (B20 locus) (Garcia et al. 1996) to provide estimates of allele sizes. Some primer sets did not amplify DNA well at the chosen 52[degrees]C annealing temperature and their amplification conditions were optimized by varying the annealing temperature conditions at 44[degrees]C, 48[degrees]C, 52[degrees]C, and 56[degrees]C. A microsatellite was regarded as polymorphic when the frequency of the most common allele was equal to or less than 0.99 (Nei 1987).

Linkage Mapping

Once polymorphic ESTs were identified using the small test panel, they were then used for genotyping with the entire reference mapping panel following a standard laboratory protocol, modified from the user's manual of ABI PRISM 377 DNA sequencer. PCR mixture consisted of 0.3 [micro]M (20 ng) template DNA, 0.333 [micro]M reverse primer (fluorescently labeled with 6-FAM, TET or HEX), 0.333 [micro]M forward primer, 0.125 ruM dNTPs, 0.04 U/[micro]L Taq polymerase (Promega), 2.5 mM MgC12, and x 1 buffer in a total of volume of 15 [micro]L. The PCR profile using a MJ Research thermocycler PTC-100 was: 95[degrees]C for 12 min. followed by 30 cycles of 94[degrees]C for 1 min annealing temperature for 1 min 72[degrees]C for 2 min and ending with 72[degrees]C for 30 min. The amplified products were then multiplexed by combining in a total volume of HEX-, TET-, and 6-FAM-labeled PCR products in different ratios for best amplification results. Three microliters of loading mix (ABI Prism 377 DNA sequencing manual) and 1 [micro]L of the multiplexed PCR product were combined and used in loading the gel. After the ABI run was completed, GeneScan Analysis Software processed the gel image. This was also manually checked to make sure all lanes used in the gel line up properly and the size standard being used is applied appropriately. Once the gel image was processed, the information was exported into GenoTyper Software, which assigns allele sizes (base pairs, bp) to the amplified product in each lane based on the size standard used. To avoid inaccuracy in scoring among different gels, a control DNA sample provided by ABI of known genotype was included in each set of samples for each gel. All genotypic results were compiled in an excel sheet and checked manually for different types of genotyping errors. The allele sizes were reviewed by two researchers, and the allele data obtained from the entire reference mapping panel was analyzed with CRIMAP software using a LOD score of 3.0 to identify linkage groups and determine marker order.


Survival of L. vannamei after WSSV Injection

WSSV-injected animals succumbed to infection starting day 2 postinjection. All but 2 of the 590 shrimp injected with WSSV were dead 8 days post inoculation (B. Poulus & D. Lightner, pers. obser.). None of the uninjected control animals died during the 8 days of the challenge study. Histology results from selected WSSV-injected shrimp confirmed WSSV infection as evidenced by lesions in the gills, appendages, stomach, antennal gland, heart, and lymphoid organs. The results suggested that the initial founder stock (Batch #2) of SPF L. vannamei is highly susceptible to WSSV, and that WSSV-resistant stocks could not be developed with the allele diversity present in the germplasm of the USMSFP's breeding program. It is possible that the allele diversity of the founder stocks and subsequent selective pressure to breed for high growth (Wyban et al. 1993, Carr et al. 1994, Carr et al. 1997) before selecting for TSV-resistance (Moss et al. 1999, Argue et al. 2002, Argue & Alcivar-Warren 1999), may have contributed to the inability to develop SPF L. vannamei resistant to WSSV and suggest that additional allele diversity should be incorporated in the germplasm of the USMSFP breeding program to develop WSSV-resistant lines.

Characterization of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) from a Subtracted cDNA Library

Out of the 818 plasmids isolated from the subtracted library, 216 clones were selected for sequencing based on the estimated length of the clones (~250-580 bp), and 194 of these (GenBank accession numbers CX535808-CX536001) were useful for homology comparisons against annotated genes in NCBI nonredundant (nr) and protein databases. The remaining 22 sequences were either too short (<50 nucleotides), contained too many 'N's or had no insert.

Homology searches of the 194 sequences identified 179 nuclear-encoded sequences, 4 mitochondrial DNA-encoded (three 16s rRNA and one cytochrome oxidase I clone), and 11 corresponded to portions of WSSV genome. Most (n = 145) of the 179 nuclear DNA-encoded sequences were representative of cellular metabolic processes such as cytoskeleton mRNAs (n = 52), calcium ion balance (n = 70), and protein synthesis (n = 23). The remaining ESTs were similar to immune-related genes (n : 9), metabolic genes (n = 4; 1 pyruvate kinase and 3 aspartic rich protein aspolin 1-2), other ESTs of unknown function (n = 18; 10 from shrimp ESTs, 5 from other species ESTs, 3 from hypothetical or unknown proteins), homologs of sex lethal gene motifs (n = 2), and no homology to any sequence in the database (n = 2). Similar results on cellular metabolic processes likely to be affected after WSSV infection of P. monodon included oxidative phosphorylation, protein synthesis, glucolytic pathway and calcium ion balance (Leu et al. 2007), but a large number of immune-related genes in L. vannamei were reported by Zhao et al. (2007).

ESTs Similar to Cytoskeleton mRNAs

Of the 52 cytoskeleton mRNAs, 30 were similar to actin genes, 12 troponin I, 1 troponin C, 2 tropomyosin, 4 myosin heavy chain, 2 spectrin repeats of muscle specific protein 300, and 1 spectrin repeats of actinin alpha gene). The large number of ESTs with homology to cytoskeleton mRNAs identified here may reflect a normal pathway of the cellular response after infection with WSSV and other viruses such as TSV (AlcivarWarren & Warren 2005, Cevallos & Sarnow 2005). In other species, infection with poliovirus -but not with vesicular stomatitis virus- elicited a cellular response of shutting-off host protein synthesis by a unique mechanism that lead to the release of host mRNAs (e.g., actin) from the cytoskeletal framework and inhibition of their translation (Bonneau et al. 1985). It is possible that WSSV also causes cells to inhibit host protein synthesis and release cytoplasmic structural genes such as actin and EF-hand binding motifs of myosin light chains, among others. In addition, genes coding for proteins of the sarcomere (beta- and alpha-myosin heavy chain, troponin C, alpha tropomyosin, myosin binding proteins), which have important regulatory functions in animal biology and familial hyperthrophic cardiomyopathy in human (Ramirez & Padron 2004), may also have important regulatory functions in shrimp biology. Alpha and beta actins were also identified among eight genes (out of 4,133 genes examined in a DNA microarray) that are differentially expressed between normal uterine and ectopic endometrium (Eyster et al. 2002).

Of the 72 ESTs associated with calcium ion balance, 3 showed partial homology to putative orthologs of Myosin light chains (MLC1, MLC2, myosin regulatory chain), 46 were similar to clone TUASPvWSu233 (accession # CX535935) -some of which contained the FRQ 1 protein domain (EF-hand superfamily) of myosin light chain 2 (MLC2), 17 were similar to SAL096'3--with similarities to portion of EF-hand calcium binding motif of MLC2, 2 were similar to sarco/endoplasmic reticulum calcium-transporting ATPase, and 4 were similar to sarcoplasmic calcium binding protein 1 (SCP1) which contains four EF-hand domains. The abundance of transcripts associated with the EF-hand calcium-binding motif of myosin light chains may relate to the tissue's site of WSSV injection. Myosins are involved in muscle contraction, and calcium signaling, one of the most widespread signaling mechanisms in cells, is generally carried out by EF-hand proteins. These proteins are characterized by a helix-loop-helix motif paired in functional domains, and are considered molecular switches activated by calcium concentration transients (Capozzi et al. 2006).

The 179 nuclear DNA-encoded sequences represented various clusters of genes including structural genes involved in cytoskeletal cell structure and motility, protein synthesis, and allergens. The category of the genes identified in this study may reflect either the specificity of the major tissue (muscle) used to prepare the library, route of inoculation (intramuscular injection), age/weight of shrimp, or time of sample collection (48 h after WSSV inoculation). Some of our sequences are similar to those reported from WSSV-challenged P. stylirostris using mRNA differential display technique (Astrofsky et ai. 2002). These researchers found that 6 of 32 unique differentially expressed had similarities to shrimp arginine kinase, mitochondrial ATPase, other shrimp ESTs of unknown function and WSSV ORF116.

ESTs with Homology to Genes Involved in Protein Synthesis

A total of 23 EST sequences with similarity to genes involved in the protein synthesis pathway were isolated from this cDNA library, including 28s rRNA, translation initiation factor, seven subunits of 40S ribosomal proteins (S4, S5, S10, S19, S20, S23, S24), three subunits of 60S ribosomal proteins [L 10, L27, L32], and acidic ribosomal protein P2. The biological significance of these ribosomal genes in WSSV-infected shrimp is unknown. In addition to being identified in healthy shrimp, ribosomal proteins 28S rRNA and 40S ribosomal protein SA have been reported in WSSV-infected P. stylirostris (Dhar et al. 2003). Ribosomal proteins S10 and S24 were also reported in WSSV-infected P. monodon (Phongdara & Rattanahirankul, GenBank database) and P. japonicus (Rojtinnakorn et al. 2002).

Though ribosomal proteins are known to be involved in protein synthesis and are highly conserved, they are also involved in other unique biological functions. For instance, S3 functions as both a ribosomal protein and as endonuclease in mammals and Drosophila (Kenmochi et al. 1998); S5 interacts with the internal ribosomal entry site of hepatitis C virus (Fukushi et al. 2001); S5 and other ribosomal proteins (S2, S3, S6, S13, L9, L14, L19) are involved in the Minute phenotype, and a correlation between S3 mRNA levels and the severity of the Minute phenotype was identified in which faulty differentiation of somatic tissues and arrest of gametogenesis represented the extreme case (Saeboe-Larssen et al. 1998). S5 RNA expression also changes in differentiation and cell death (apoptosis) of murine erythroleukemia cells (Vizirianakis et al. 1999); S6 functions as a tumor suppressor in the hematopoietic system; S10 functions as a minor allergen; S23 is differentially expressed in uterine and ectopic endometrium (Eyster et al. 2002); S18, L3, and L8 have been identified as ovarian tumor antigens (Luo et al. 2002); and S18 and S26 are involved in the immune response of mosquito Anopheles gambiae after treatment with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (Oduol et al. 2000). In addition, L3 is both a tumor antigen (Luo et al. 2002) and a positive regulator of cell division (Popescu & Tumer 2004); L10 (similar to QM protein) is a putative tumor suppressor (Chavez-Rios et al. 2003); and expression of L10, L32 and S16 has been correlated with progression of human prostate cancer by cDNA microarrays (Karan et al. 2002). Considering that the entire repertoire of ribosomal proteins in eukaryotes consists of approximately 80 protein genes (Kenmochi et al. 1998), we hypothesize that the few ribosomal proteins identified in this study could have an important role in regulating the translational machinery in shrimp after WSSV infection. Also, it is possible that mutations in ribosomal proteins could directly perturb diverse cellular functions in shrimp, without affecting translation, and thereby produce disease.

ESTs with Homology to Immune-related Genes

Very few known immune-related genes were found in this cDNA library, and 7 of them were similar to arginine kinase, a shrimp allergens, 1 was similar to heat shock protein 27 and 1 similar to nuleoside diphosphate kinase. This low number of immune-related genes may relate to the tissue (mostly muscle) used to prepare the cDNA library, the site of virus injection (intramuscular), and genetic background of the host (SPF shrimp originated from the WSSV-susceptible, Kona Line of the USMSFP). The large number of immune response genes reported in other shrimp studies originated from cDNA libraries prepared after per os challenge with WSSV and isolated from hemocytes of adult M. japonicus (Rojtinnakorn et al. 2002, He et al. 2004) and P. monodon (Supungul et al. 2002), hepatopancreas of WSSV-challenged P. stylirostris (Dhar et al. 2003) and WSSV-challenged M. japonicus (Pan et al. 2005), and gills (Claveros-Salas et al. 2007) and hepatopancreas (Zhao et al. 2007) of WSSV-injected L. vannamei. Hemocytes and hepatopancreas are the tissues involved in the shrimp humoral defense response (Rodriguez et al. 1995, van de Braak et al. 2002) and are expected to contain large number of immune-related genes in response to WSSV infection, as reported in hemocytes of WSSV-resistant M. japonicus (He et al. 2004) and hepatopancreas of WSSV-resistant L. vannamei (Zhao et al. 2007). Robalino et al. (2006) also reported up-regulation in the hepatopancreas of L. vannamei of genes encoding known and potential antimicrobial effectors, whereas some genes involved in protection from oxidative stress were found to be down-regulated by the virus.

ESTs Similar to Allergen Genes

Crustaceans are a major cause of seafood allergy in humans. In this study, we identified two major shrimp allergens (tropomyosin and arginine kinase) and two minor human allergens (60S acidic ribosomal protein P1/P2 and ribosomal protein S10). The biological significance of these allergens on shrimp pathology is unknown at this time, but may reflect changes in levels of expression of these genes in shrimp muscle development.

Two EST sequences similar to muscle protein tropomyosin were found in this library. Tropomyosin has been identified as the major seafood allergen in shrimp (Shanti et al. 1993), American lobster (Leung et al. 1998) and other crustaceans, and has been recognized by IgE from patients with crustacean allergens.

The seven arginine kinase sequences identified in this library were very similar to the arginine kinase of P. monodon (Pen m 2), an allergen with a putative actin-binding domain (Yu et al. 2003). Arginine kinase Pen m2 is similar to other food allergens such as plant profilings, which are involved in actin binding; the iron transport protein allergen from egg white; animal serum albumins; the fish parvalbumin allergen, which has calcium binding properties; and shellfish tropomyosin, which is involved in actin binding and muscle contraction (Yu et al. 2003, and references therein). Arginine kinase catalyzes the reversible transfer of the high-energy phosphoryl group from ATP to arginine, yielding ADP and N-phosphoarginine (Yu et al. 2003). Phosphoarginine is commonly referred to as a phosphagen and represents an intermediate storage and transport form of energy in a wide variety of invertebrates. Therefore, arginine kinase is a major food allergen with potential regulatory and/or transport properties in shrimp, but is unclear what the relationship is, if any, with WSSV infection. Arginine kinase has also been reported in WSSV-injected P. stylirostris (Astrofsky et ai. 2002) and a large number of arginine kinase sequences were also identified in SPF shrimp of TSV-R and TSV-S (Kona) lines challenged both per os and in a waterborne assay with Taura Syndrome Virus (Alcivar-Warren et al. unpublished).

There was a single EST sequence for acidic ribosomal protein P2, which is also considered a minor allergen (Francoeur et al. 1985). The acidic phosphoproteins of the large ribosomal subunit, designated P1/P2(L40/L41), function in the elongation step of protein synthesis along with two small rRNP antigens (Francoeur et al. 1985). The human protein has been identified as an autoantigen, with ~20% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and with antiSm autoantibodies synthesizing autoantibodies called antirRNP, to components of the ribosome (Hasegawa et al. 1999). P2 is also considered a potential molecular target for antisense therapy of human malignancies (Gardner-Thorpe et al. 2003). Antibody activity against ribosomal protein S10 was also reported in antiSm sera from patients with systemic lupus.

The ESTs reported here add to the large number of ESTs being generated for L. vannamei (Gross et al. 2001, Claveros-Salas et al. 2007, Zhao et al. 2007), P. monodon (Lehnert et al. 1999, Whan et al. 2000, Tong et al. 2002, de la Vega et al. 2007), P. setiferus (Gross et al. 2001), P. stylirostris (Dhar et al. 2003, de Lorgeril et al. 2005), Marsupenaeus japonicus (Rojtinnakorn et al. 2002, He et al. 2004, Pan et al. 2005, Yamano & Unuma 2006), and Fenneropenaeus chinensis (Wang et al. 2005).

Simple Sequente Repeats in Shrimp ESTs

Approximately 61% (n = 111) of the 179 nuclear ESTs contained single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeat motifs with enough flanking sequences to design primers. This percent cannot be compared with the 3.8% of repeat motifs found in the evaluated ESTs of Perez et al. (2005b) because many of our motifs may correspond to the same known or putative genes identified in this library (see section below). There was also variability in the motif sequences, number and length of motifs within a sequence and number of clones with SSR motifs from each gene (Table 1). For instance, 22 of the 30 ESTs with homology to actin gene contained single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats, with individual sequences containing either single repeat motifs of variable length such as [(CAC).sub.3], [(AAGG).sub.4], [(TG/AC).sub.3], [(CT/AG).sub.3], [(AAGG).sub.3], [(AGC).sub.3], [(GC).sub.3] or a combination of repeats within a sequence such as [... [(GC).sub.3] ... [(CA).sub.3] ... ], [... ](CAC).sub.3] ... ](CA).sub.3]..], [..[(TG).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.3]..[(AAGG).sub.3] ... [(AGC).sub.3] ... ], [... [(AAGG).sub.3] ... [(AGC).sub.3] ... [(GGT).sub.3] ... ], among others (Table 1). This diversity in SSR arrays for a single gene may reflect the genetic variation within the pooled SPF juveniles used in the virus challenge and used to construct the library.

Polymorphism Analysis

Oligonucleotide primer sets were designed from 28 sequences representing 19 putative genes or unknown function genes, and tested for polymorphism in the small test panel of 16 L. vannamei individuals our reference and resource mapping families (Table 2). Two primer sets were designed from some of these sequences (Table 2). Results showed that 21 (75%) out of the primer sets amplified products. Ten (36%) of the 28 primers were polymorphic, 11 monomorphic and 7 either failed to satisfactorily amplify genomic DNA or the allele amplification conditions need to be further optimized. This percentage is similar to the ~30% reported for P. monodon ESTs (Tong et al. 2002). The ten polymorphic ESTs included: a putative EF-hand calcium binding domain and the FRQl protein domain of myosin light chain (TUASPvWSu233), ribosomal proteins S10 and S5, actin, troponin I, nucleoside diphosphate kinase, arginine kinase, and 3 ESTs of unknown function (Table 2). Five polymorphic EST-SSRs (actin, 40S ribosomal protein S5, troponin I, arginine kinase and the putative EF-hand calcium binding domain of myosin light chain) were further genotyped with the entire reference mapping family for L. vannamei and their alleles were found to segregate after expected Mendelian inheritance. Additional primer sets are being designed from the remaining ESTs to determine their utility for linkage mapping.

Linkage Mapping of EST-SSRs

Five polymorphic ESTs were genotyped with the entire IRMF panel and two of them (actin, accession #CX535973 and shrimp allergen arginine kinase, accession #CX535999) did not amplify with all offspring of the IRMF panel suggesting presence of null alleles. Three of these ESTs amplified in mo st of the IRMF offspring and were used for linkage analysis, the EFhand motif of myosin light chain (accession #CX535935) was placed in ShrimpMap's linkage group 7, whereas ribosomal protein S5 (accession #CX535957) and troponin I (accession #CX535976) remained unassigned. Genotyping of additional EST-SSR markers should place these unlinked markers in other linkage groups. The mapped EST-SSR adds to the existing microsatellite loci genotyped with the SPF L. vannamei mapping panel. Work is underway to develop additional EST-SSRs from this and other cDNA libraries to increase density of ShrimpMap. ESTs from L. vannamei were also found polymorphic and potentially useful for mapping (Perez et al. 2005b) but have not yet been placed in their linkage map (Perez et al. 2005a). This is the first report of an EST mapped to any of the L. vannamei linkage maps. Tong et al. (2002) reported that ~30% of ESTs from P. monodon were polymorphic in a test panel and were included in the P. monodon linkage map (Maneeruttanarungroj et al. 2006).

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) in EST Sequences of L. vannamei Challenged with WSSV

Sequence alignments of the ESTs listed in Table 2 revealed that in addition to showing length polymorphisms ("P"), potential SNPs (*) were also identified among penaeid species. This was the case for some of our monomorphic ESTs such as 60S acidic ribosomal protein P2 (a minor allergen), sarcoplasmic CA2+-ATPase, and unknown function genes, and polymorphic ESTs such as actin, AK and ESTs that did not amplify (NA) (Table 1). Only two of the ESTs listed do not show potential for SNP discovery. For actin gene, in addition to length polymorphisms identified in the 30 sequences reported here, potential single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) were also found not only among SPF L. vannamei lines of the USMSFP's breeding program but also among penaeid species (P. monodon, P. stylirostris, P. setiferus, P. japonicus, L. vannamei) and between invertebrates and vertebrate genomes (Alcivar-Warren et al. unpublished). Work is underway to study the evolutionary relationship of actin genes among invertebrates (Alcivar-Warren, unpublished). Insect muscle actins differ distinctly from invertebrate and vertebrate cytoplasmic actins (Mounier et al. 1992). For AK gene, our finding that this gene is polymorphic in parental broodstock used to develop our ShrimpMap families indicates that there is possibility for the USMSFP to develop a niche market to produce hypoallergenic lines of SPF shrimp for human consumption. In addition to allele length polymorphisms, the AK sequences also identified SNPs within SPF L. vannamei of the USMSFP, among penaeid shrimp species and between crustaceans and other invertebrate and vertebrate species (not shown).

EST Sequences Homologous to White Spot Syndrome Virus

Eleven sequences from the library reported here showed homology to portions of the WSSV genome. WSSV has also been detected in tail muscle of P. stylirostris juveniles as early as 16 h and 32 h after injection with WSSV (Dhar et al. 2003). Nine of the 11 cDNAs contained single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeat motifs and had enough flanking sequences to design primers (Table 3). Primer sets for two clones were used to amplify WSSV in SPF shrimp using a [sup.32]p-based assay. No PCR products were amplified in SPF shrimp of the USMSFP, confirming that SPF shrimp from the USMSFP are free of WSSV. This result differ from another study using a microarray assay indicating that SPF shrimp flora a private company (BIOTEC, Bangkok, Thailand) had latency-related WSSV genes (ORFs 151, 366, and 427) expressed in these shrimp (Khadijah et al. 2003). It remains to be confirmed if the latency-related ORFs identified in the SPF shrimp of Asia are present in SPF shrimp of the USMSPF under same assay conditions. Alternatively, we suggest that the SPF shrimp used by Khadijah et al. (2003) may have been asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

In summary, various EST sequences representatives of calcium, glycolytic, and proteins synthesis pathways were identified, primers were designed from ESTs regions flanking single or multiple SSRs with three or more repeats, and so far, the gene encoding the EF-hand calcium-binding domain of myosin light chain has been mapped to linkage group 7. Results show that EST-SSRs are an efficient approach to develop polymorphic markers useful for linkage mapping. The ESTs can also serve as genetic markers for genetic diversity and pedigree tracing, population differentiation and evolutionary studies of shrimp. Mapped ESTs of virus-challenged shrimp will add to the shrimp linkage map and provide valuable comparative genomic links between L. vannamei and other penaeid species as well as invertebrate and vertebrate genomes. Work is underway to map the remaining SSR- or SNP-ESTs from this and other cDNA libraries of viral challenged shrimp as a plausible strategy to increase marker density of ShrimpMap. Immediate efforts focus on mapping all shrimp ribosomal genes from a BAC library by exploiting known strategies to identify PCR-detectable sequence-tagged sites ar introns to distinguish from potential processed pseudogenes (Kenmochi et al. 1998).

The potential Type I markers reported here would add to the current microsatellite-based linkage map (Alcivar-Warren et al. 2007) and facilitate development of a transcript-based, medium-density linkage map for L. vannamei. Availability of a highly saturated linkage map will facilitate not only integration of shrimp physical and linkage maps but also detection of candidate genes and mutations responsible for variation in economically important quantitative traits. EST-SSR markers would directly sample variation in the transcribed regions of the shrimp genome and enhance their utility in marker-assisted selection, comparative genetic analysis and exploitation of shrimp genetic resources.


The authors thank Mr. Jim Sweeney, Dr. William Carr and the staff at The Oceanic Institute at Makapuu Point, Oahu, HI for access to SPF shrimp from the USMSFP's breeding program, and Ms. Bonnie Poulos and Dr. Donald Lightner at the University of Arizona for access to samples from their WSSV experiments. This research was supported in part by grant #98-38808-1424 from the US Department of Agriculture to the US Marine Shrimp Farming Program (A-W and DL), NOAA International Program, US Department of Commerce (A-W), the Department of Environmental and Population Health ar Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (A-W), and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oceanology (LS and JX).


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(1) Environmental and Comparative Genomics Section, Department of Environmental and Population Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine ar Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts 01536; (2) Institute of Oceanology, Experimental Marine Biology Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao, 266071, China

* Corresponding author. E-mail:

([dagger]) Current address: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204
Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) identified in expressed sequence
tags (ESTs) isolated from a subtracted cDNA library using RNA
from White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV)-injected and control SPF
Litopenaeus vannamei.

Cellular Metabolic Process /
putative or Known Genes          # of Clones (a)

Cytoskeleton mRNAs

  Actin                                 30

  Tropomyosin (shrimp                    2
    allergen, involved
    in actin-binding
    and muscle contraction)

  Troponin C                             1

  Troponin I (similar to                12
    Drosophila wupA, has
    actin-binding activity)

  Myosin heavy chain-fast                4

  Spectrin repeats (c)--Muscle           2
    specific protein 300
    (actin-binding activity)

  Spectrin repeats, Actinin              1
    alpha (flightless-A, F-
    actin cross-linking

Calcium ion balance
  (also cytoskeleton mRNAs)

  Partial homology to putative           3
    orthologs of Myosin light
    chains (MLC1, MLC2,
    myosin regulatory light
    chain)--some include
    EF-hand Cat + binding
    motif. (d)

  ESTs similar to SAL096'3--            17
    with similarities to
    portion of EF-hand
    calcium binding motif
    of MLC2

  Similar to TUASPvWSu233 and           46
    45 other ESTs--some
    containing the FRQ1
    protein domain (EF-hand
    superfamily) of MLC2. (e)

  Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum            2

  Sarcoplasmic calcium-binding           4
    protein (SCP1)--contains
    4 EF-hand domains

Protein synthesis

  28s rRNA                               1

  60S ribosomal protein L27              4

  60S ribosomal protein L32              1

  60S ribosomal protein L10              1
    (Wilms tumor suppression

  60S acidic ribosomal                   1
    protein P2

  40S ribosomal protein S4               1

  40S ribosomal protein SS               1

  40S ribosomal protein S10              5

  40S ribosomal protein S19              1

  40S ribosomal protein S20              1

  40S ribosomal protein S23              3

  40S ribosomal protein S24              3
    (gene is mutated in
    Dimond-Blackfan anemia)


  Arginine kinase (allergen,             7
    a putative actin-binding
    domain, with energy
    regulatory and transport

  Heat shock protein 27                  1

  Nucleoside diphosphate                 1
    kinase (putative
    oncoprotein nm23)


  Pyruvate kinase                        1

  Aspartic rich protein                  3
    aspolin 1-2

  Homologous to motifs of                2
    sex-lethal gene

  Other ESTs of unknown                 15

  No significant homology                3
    to any gene

  Total number of clones               179

Cellular Metabolic Process /
putative or Known Genes          SSR Motifs (b); (n = # of clones)

Cytoskeleton mRNAs
  Actin                          [(CAC).sub.3], [(AAGG).sub.4],
                                   [(TG/AC).sub.3], [(CT/AG).sub.3],
                                   [(AAGG).sub.3], [(AGC).sub.3],
                                   [(GC).sub.3], [... [(GC).sub.3]
                                   ... [(CA).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(CAC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CA).sub.3]..], [.. [(TG).sub.3]
                                   ... [(TG).sub.3] .. [(AAGG).sub.3]
                                   ... [(AGC).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(AAGG).sub.3] ...
                                   [(AGC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(GGT).sub.3] ...];
                                   (n = 22)

  Tropomyosin (shrimp            [... [(CT).sub.3] ... [(CT).sub.3]
    allergen, involved             ...], [... [(TC).sub.3] ...
    in actin-binding               [(AT).sub.3] ... [(AT).sub.3]
    and muscle contraction)        ...]; (n = 2)

  Troponin C                     [(GA).sub.6] G[(GA).sub.5] ...
                                   (AG)3 ... (n = 1)

  Troponin I (similar to         [(TA).sub.3], [... [(TA).sub.3]
    Drosophila wupA, has           ... [(GAC).sub.3] ...
    actin-binding activity)        [(TCT).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CTT).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(CTT).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CTT).sub.3] ... [(CTT).sub.3]
                                   ...]. [... [(TCT).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CTT).sub.3] ...]: (n= 11)

  Myosin heavy chain-fast        ND

  Spectrin repeats (c)--Muscle   [[(TG).sub.3] ... [(CTT).sub.3] ..],
    specific protein 300           (n = 1)
    (actin-binding activity)

  Spectrin repeats, Actinin      ... [(CTT).sub.3] ..], (n = 1)
    alpha (flightless-A, F-
    actin cross-linking

Calcium ion balance
  (also cytoskeleton mRNAs)

  Partial homology to putative   [(GA).sub.3], [... [(AG).sub.3] ...
    orthologs of Myosin light      [(TCT).sub.3] ...],
    chains (MLC1, MLC2,            [... [(TGA).sub.3] ATG[(GA).sub.3]
    myosin regulatory light        ... [(GA).sub.4] AGTA[(AGC).sub.3]
    chain)--some include           ... [(GCT).sub.3] ...]; (n = 3)
    EF-hand Cat + binding
    motif. (d)

  ESTs similar to SAL096'3--     [(TG).sub.3], [(GTCA).sub.4],
    with similarities to           [... [(AC).sub.3] ...
    portion of EF-hand             [... [(AC).sub.3] ...
    calcium binding motif          [(GTCA).sub.4] ...],
    of MLC2                        [... [(AC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(GTCA).sub.4] ...]; (n = 15)

  Similar to TUASPvWSu233 and    [(TCA).sub.3], [[(TC).sub.3] ...
    45 other ESTs--some            [(TCA).sub.3] ...],
    containing the FRQ1            [... [(TGA).sub.3] ATG[(GA).sub.3]
    protein domain (EF-hand        ...], [... [(TGC).sub.3]
    superfamily) of MLC2. (e)      TTACT[(TC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(TCA).sub.3] ... ],
                                   ... [(GA).sub.4]AGTA[(AGC).sub.3]
                                   ...]; (n = 11)

  Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum    [... [(CT/AG).sub.3] ...
    calcium-transporting           [(AC/GT).sub.3]..], (n = 2)

  Sarcoplasmic calcium-binding   [(ATA).sub.3], (n = 1)
    protein (SCP1)--contains
    4 EF-hand domains

Protein synthesis
  28s rRNA                       ND

  60S ribosomal protein L27      (CAC)3; (n = 4)

  60S ribosomal protein L32      ND

  60S ribosomal protein L10      ND
    (Wilms tumor subpression

  60S acidic ribosomal           [(TGG).sub.5]; (n = 1)
    protein P2

  40S ribosomal protein S4       ND

  40S ribosomal protein SS       [(TC).sub.3]; (n = 1)

  40S ribosomal protein S10      [(CT).sub.3], [(AGT).sub.3]; (n = 3)

  40S ribosomal protein S19      ND

  40S ribosomal protein S20      ND

  40S ribosomal protein S23      ND

  40S ribosomal protein S24      [(AAG).sub.4], [... [(CTT).sup.4]
    (gene is mutated in            ... [(GT).sub.3]..]; (n = 3)
    Dimond-Blackfan anemia)


  Arginine kinase (allergen,     [(TA).sub.3], [(TC).sub.3], [...
    a putative actin-binding       [(GC).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3]
    domain, with energy            ...], [... [(AGG).sub.3] ...
    regulatory and transport       [(TG).sub.3] ...],
    properties)                    [... [(TA).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CA).sub.3] ... [(CA).sub.3]
                                   ...], [... [(TA).sub.3] ...
                                   [(CA).sub.3] ... [(CCT).sub.3]
                                   ...]; (n = 6)

  Heat shock protein 27          [... [(GGA).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3]
                                   ... [(ACA).sub.3] ...]; (n = 1)

  Nucleoside diphosphate         [... [(CT).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3]
    kinase (putative               ... [(CA).sub.3] ...]; (n = 1)
    oncoprotein nm23)


  Pyruvate kinase                (CA).sub.3]; (n = 1)

  Aspartic rich protein          [[..ATA).sub.3] ... [(TCA).sub.4]
    aspolin 1-2                     ... [(TCA).sub.3]C[(CAT).sub.3] ...
                                   [(TCA).sub.4]C[(CAT).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(TGA).sub.5]C[(GAT).sub.6]
                                   ... [(TGA).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(GTC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(GTC).sub.6] ... [(CGT).sub.3]
                                   [(ATC).sub.5] ... [(TCA).sub.3]
                                   [(ATC).sub.6][(TCA).sub.5] ...];
                                   (n = 3)

  Homologous to motifs of        [... [(GGT).sub.3] ... [(GCG).sub.3]
    sex-lethal gene                ...], [... [(GGT).sub.3] ...
                                   [(GCG).sub.3] ... [(GGC).sub.3]
                                   ...]; (n = 2)

  Other ESTs of unknown          [(CT/AG).sub.4], [(AT).sub.3],
    function                       [(GT/AC).sub.3], [(CG).sub.3],
                                   [(CG).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3]
                                   ... [(TGA).sub.3] ...],
                                   [... [(TC).sub.3] CT[(TC).sub.3]
                                   TTC[(CT).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.4]
                                   ... [(AC).sub.5] ... ],
                                   [... [(GA).sub.5] ... [(GA).sub.3]
                                   ... [(AG).sub.5] ... [(AG).sub.6]
                                   ...], [... [(CT).sub.6] ...
                                   [(CT).sub.5] ... [(TC).sub.3] ...
                                   [(TTC).sub.3] ...]; (n = 12)

  No significant homology        [(GCC).sub.3], [... [(AG).sub.3]
    to any gene                    ... [(TC).sub.4] ...], [...
                                   [(AG).sub.4] ...
                                   [(TCT).sub.3] ...]; (n = 3)

  Total number of clones         (n = 111)

(a) There are nucleotide differences among some clones and may be
candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). ND = not present.

(b) Examples of repeat motifs present in ESTs. Some of the repeat
motifs were present singly Q or in combination [...] within a

(c) Spectrin repeats are found in several proteins involved in
cytoskeletal structure, family members include spectrin, alpha-
actinin and dystrophin.

(d) The EF-hand superfamily represents a family of calcium sensors
& calcium signal modulators involved in signal transduction
mechanisms, cytoskeleton, and cell division.

(e) TUASPvWSu233 is similar to other shrimp ESTs such as est_1_
vannamei 10501 (CV468710), est_1_vannamei 1730 CK768263) and others
in the GenBank database. Su233 is similar to EF-hand Cat +
binding motif (includes. TUASPvWSu233 is TUASPvWSu073, which
is similar to EF-hand calcium-binding motif of myosin light chain.

Polymorphism analysis of SSR-containing ESTs isolated from a
subtracted cDNA library of WSSV-injected Litopenaeus nannamei. *.

  Clone ID         Accession    (bp)

TUASPvWSu233 (f)   CX535935     572

TUASPvWSu647       CX535989     747

TUASPvWSu356       CX535958     394

TUASPvWSu789       CX536001     276

TUASPvWSu272       CX535941     579

TUASPvWSu352       CX535957     690

TUASPvWSu323       CX535950     257

TUASPvWSu298-1     CX535945     778

TUASPvWSu298-2     CX535945     778

TUASPvWSu319       CX535948     677

TUASPvWSu347-1     CX535956     660

TUASPvWSu347-2     CX535956     660

TUASPvWSu479-1     CX535973     646

TUASPvWSu479-2     CX535973     646

TUASPvWSu378 (e)   CX535960     610

TUASPvWSu411       CX535965     184

TUASPvWSu428       CX535966     382

TUASPvWSu591       CX535977     329

TUASPvWSu508       CX535976     594

TUASPvWSu759       CX535996     626

TUASPvWSu598       CX535978     499

TUASPvWSu754-1     CX535995     723

TUASPvWSu754-2     CX535995     733

TUASPvWSu769       CX535997     457

TUASPvWSu771       CX535998     549

TUASPvWSu779       CX535999     557

TUASPvWSu722       CX535991     375

TUASPvWSu785       CX535600     610

Clone ID               Microsatellite Arrays (a,b)

TUASPvWSu233 (f)   ... [(TGA).sub.3] ATC(GA).sub.3] ...
                     [(GA).sub.3]AGTA[(AGC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu647       ... [(TGA).sub.3]ATG[(GA).sub.3] ...
                     [(GA).sub.4]AGTA[(AGC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu356       ... [(CA).sub.3] ... [(GTCA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu789       ... [(GTCA).sub.4] ...

TUASPvWSu272       ... [(AGT).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu352       ... [(TC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu323       ... [(AC).sub.3] ... [(AAG).sub.4] ...

TUASPvWSu298-1     ... [(CT).sub.6] ... [(CT).sub.5] ...
                     [(TC).sub.3] ... [(TTC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu298-2     ... [(CT).sub.6] ... [(CT).sub.5] ...
                     [(TC).sub.3] ... [(TTC).sub.3] ... ...

TUASPvWSu319       [(CG).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu347-1     ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(.AAGG).sub.3] ...
                     [(AGC).sub.3] ... [(GGT).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu347-2     ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(AAGG).sub.3] ...
                     [(AGC).sub.3] ... [(GGT).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu479-1     ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.3] ...
                     [(AAGG).sub.3] ... [(AGC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu479-2     ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.3] ...
                     [(AAGG).sub.3] ... [(AGC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu378 (e)   ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(CTT).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu411       ... [(ATA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu428       ... [(TGG).sub.5] ...

TUASPvWSu591       ... [(CT).sub.4] ...

TUASPvWSu508       ... [(AGA).sub.3] ... [(GTC).sub.5] ...
                     [(TA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu759       ... [(TA).sub.3] ... [(GAC).sub.5] ...
                     [(TCT).sub.3] ... [(CTT).sub.3]

TUASPvWSu598       ... [(TG).sub.3] ... [(AG).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu754-1     ... [(CT).sub.3] ... [(CA).sub.3] ...
                     [(CA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu754-2     ... [(CT).sub.3] ... [(GA).sub.3] ...
                     [(CA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu769       ... [(AT).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu771       ... [(GGT).sub.3] ... [(GCG).sub.3] ...
                     [(GGC).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu779       ... [(GC).sub.3] ... [(CA).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu722       ... [(AGG).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.3] ...

TUASPvWSu785       ... [(AG).sub.3] ... [(TG).sub.4] ...

                                            Expected    Annealing
                                              PCR          Temp
  Clone ID         Primers 5'-3'              (bp)     ([degrees]C)

TUASPvWSu233 (f)   F:CCCGACTTGGCTTTTAGTTG      251           44

TUASPvWSu647       F:CCCTGCACTTAACCTGCTTG      206           52

TUASPvWSu356       F:AGGGGGAGTGTCACAGTCAG      160           52

TUASPvWSu789       F:TCACAAGGCCACATGTCA        180           52

TUASPvWSu272       F:TGTTGGCTTCTTCAGTGTCG      222           53

TUASPvWSu352       F:TAACACGACGCAGTGGAGAC      161           52

TUASPvWSu323       F:GGAAAGGCAAGCTCTCATTG      150           48

TUASPvWSu298-1     F:TGGCTTCAACCCACACTTTC      130           52

TUASPvWSu298-2     F:GCCAACGCGAGTGCACGTCT      215           52

TUASPvWSu319       F:CAGCTCGTTGAGTTTCTCC       195           52

TUASPvWSu347-1     F:ACTGTGTTGATAACGTTG        235           52

TUASPvWSu347-2     F:ATGGAGTTGTGGACGGTTTC      265        44-52

TUASPvWSu479-1     F:CAGTACATCATATTGGTTGG      280           52

TUASPvWSu479-2     F:GTTGGCAAACAGATCCTTCC      310           52

TUASPvWSu378 (e)   F:TTTCAGTTCGTCCTAACCGC      246          520

TUASPvWSu411       F:CATTTCAACGTTTATTGG         90           52

TUASPvWSu428       F:TGCCGAAGGTATGGAGAAAC      160           52

TUASPvWSu591       F:TTCCTGAGGGCATTGTTAGG      230           52

TUASPvWSu508       F:CACCTACAGGAGAAGCAGCC      158           52

TUASPvWSu759       F:AAGAATTACAGGGGACGCAG      250           53

TUASPvWSu598       F:ACCACCTTGCCAACATTCTC      217           48

TUASPvWSu754-1     F:GTTATTGCACGTCGCCTCAC      350           52

TUASPvWSu754-2     F:TGGACACAGACCAACGAGAG      191           52

TUASPvWSu769       F:AAAGACACCGCAAGGTCATC      230           52

TUASPvWSu771       F:AACTACAACAACCGAGGGGG      250           52

TUASPvWSu779       F:CAGAAAGTGAGGAAGCCCAG      292           56

TUASPvWSu722       F:TACAGTCATTCCCGGCTCTC      217           52

TUASPvWSu785       F:AGCGTGTTCTATCAGGCTGG      239           52

                           Group   in (d)
Clone ID           P (d)     Shrimp Map          Putative Gene

TUASPvWSu233 (f)   P           7 *          EF-hand motif of myosin
                                              light chain

TUASPvWSu647       M           *            EF-hand motif of myosin
                                              light chain

TUASPvWSu356       NA          *            Unknown function

TUASPvWSu789       M           *            Unknown function

TUASPvWSu272       P (g)       *            40S ribosomal protein S10
                                              (minor allergen)

TUASPvWSu352       P           U **         40S ribosomal protein S5

TUASPvWSu323       NA          *            40S ribosomal protein S24

TUASPvWSu298-1     P (g)                    Shrimp EST of Unknown

TUASPvWSu298-2     M                        Shrimp EST of unknown

TUASPvWSu319       NA          *            Shrimp EST of Unknown

TUASPvWSu347-1     M                        Actin 2

TUASPvWSu347-2     M                        Actin 2

TUASPvWSu479-1     P           U *          Actin 2

TUASPvWSu479-2     M                        Actin 2

TUASPvWSu378 (e)   P           *            Spectrin repeats--
                                              protein 300 m

TUASPvWSu411       M           *            Unknown function

TUASPvWSu428       M           *            60S acidic ribosomal
                                              protein P2

TUASPvWSu591       M           *            Unknown function D

TUASPvWSu508       P           U *          Troponin I

TUASPvWSu759       NA                       Troponin I

TUASPvWSu598       M           *            Sarcoplasmic reticulum

TUASPvWSu754-1     P (g)       *            Nucleoside diphosphate

TUASPvWSu754-2     M                        Nucleoside diphosphate

TUASPvWSu769       P (g)                    Shrimp EST of Unknown

TUASPvWSu771       NA                       Homolog to motifs of
                                              sex-lethal gene

TUASPvWSu779       P           U *          Arginine kinase
                                             (major allergen)

TUASPvWSu722       NA                       Arginine kinase
                                             (major allergen)

TUASPvWSu785       NA                       No homology to any

(a) Repeat sequences in bold indicate they were flanked by the primers

(b) Motifs with out (...) indicate there was no flanking sequence
to design a primer.

(c) Primers were first amplifed at 52[degrees]C. If primers did
not amplify the annealing temperature was optimized at 44[degrees]C,
48[degrees]C, 52[degrees]C, 56[degrees]C, and 60[degrees]C. 7/07/05

(d) P = Polymorphic; M = Monomorphic; NA = did not amplify. U =
unlinked. not yet assigned to a linkage group after genotyping with
the entire reference mapping family. Potential single nucleotide
polymorphism (SNPs) among penaeid species.

(e) These primers amplified Polymorphic alleles at high molecular
weight using (32) P assay.

(f) Markers in bold were Polymorphic ESTs tested with the entire
mapping panel.

(g) These markers are being repeated with the entire reference mapping

Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in partial sequences of WSSV isolated
from a subtracted cDNA library of WSSV-injected Litopenaeus vannamei.

                      Size    Simple Sequence
Clone ID              (bp)    Repeats (a)

TUASPvWSu011           516    ...[(TA).sub.4]
TUASPvWSu023           361
TUASPvWSu031           394    ...[(TGT).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu036           404    ...[(TGT).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu051           522    ...[(TA).sub.4]...
TUASPvWSu093           412      ...[(AAT).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu095           522    ...[(GAC).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu245           188
TUASPvWSu317 (b,c)     505    ...[(CA).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu344 (b,d)     211    ...[(CTT).sub.3]...
TUASPvWSu400 (e)       443    ...[(CTA).sub.3]..

                      Blastx (protein
                      query) Homologous
Clone ID              Sequences           Identity %

TUASPvWSu011          ORF94               114/114 (100%)

TUASPvWSu023          WSSV270; WSSV269,     94/94 (100%)
                       VP15, VP14
TUASPvWSu031          WSSV126, WSSV069;   111/111 (100%)
TUASPvWSu036          WSSV524; WSSV465;   104/104 (100%)
                       ORF16, WSSV240
TUASPvWSu051          ORF94               109/109 (98%)
TUASPvWSu093          V0216; WSSV304;     112/l12 (100%)
                       wsv249; ORF125;
TUASPvWSu095          unknown (WSSV);     114/116 (98%)
                       WSSV234, ORF94;
TUASPvWSu245          WSSV235; wsv179       25/43 (58%)
TUASPvWSu317 (b,c)    ORF19; WSV108,      104/108 (96%)
                       WSSV051; ORF44
TUASPvWSu344 (b,d)    WSSV009; WSV482       45/47 (99%)
TUASPvWSu400 (e)      WSSV sequence:      313/340 (92%)

Clone ID             E Value      Access. #

TUASPvWSu011         1.00E-64     AAW71793
TUASPvWSu023         4.00E-51     AAL89138
TUASPvWSu031         1.00E-60     AAL88994
TUASPvWSu036         1.00E-58     AAL89392
TUASPvWSu051         2.00E-61     AAW71793
TUASPvWSu093         3.00E-58     AAM12822
TUASPvWSu095         7.00E-58     NP_477701
TUASPvWSu245         1.00E-06     AAL89103
TUASPvWSu317 (b,c)   2.00E-57     AAM73709
TUASPvWSu344 (b,d)   1.00E-19     AAL88877
TUASPvWSu400 (e)     1.00E-129    AF440570

(a) Have enough flanking sequences to design primers.
Clones in bold were used to design primers for viral
amplification. Letters in bold indicate the SSRs
flanked by the primers.

(b) P = Primers did not amplify in DNA of specific
pathogen-free L. vannamei from the USMSFP using
published procedures (Reville et al. 2005) with
annealing temperature at 52[degrees]C.

(c) Used the following primers: forward: 5'-AGCTAAAGTTGTTGCGACGG-3'
and reverse: 5'-CGACCCATCAGAAAATCCAC-3'.

(d) Used the following primers: forward 5'-CGACCCATCAGAAAATCCAC-3'

(e) Based on comparisons against the Blastn (nucleotide-nucleotide)
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