Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 34, pp 34294–34305 | Cite as

Transcriptome analysis reveals the molecular response to cadmium toxicity in P. pseudoannulata

  • Juan Wang
  • Baoyang Wei
  • Yuande Peng
  • Ting Huang
  • Huilin Yang
  • Xianjin Peng
  • Chunliang Xie
  • Xiang Xu
  • Zhiying Sun
  • Zhi WangEmail author
  • Zhiyue LvEmail author
  • Qisheng Song
Research Article


Cadmium (Cd) can be transferred and accumulated in spiders, posing a survival risk to them. To analyze potential biological damage caused by Cd accumulation and relevant detoxification strategies employed by spiders in response to Cd exposure, we conducted transcriptome analysis of the 5th instar spider P. pseudoannulata, a common spider species playing a vital role in natural pest control in agricultural fields of southern China. We obtained 92,778 unigenes with an average length of 1104 bp and identified 302, 655, and 424 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the spiders fed with Cd-containing fruit flies for 2, 5, and 8 days, respectively. Results showed that the body mass of Cd-containing P. pseudoannulata were reduced when compared with controls, presumably due to delayed maturation of tissues and organs. Meanwhile, functional analysis of DEGs indicated that Cd may have a negative effect on neural signal transduction and molt cycle of the spider. For defense strategies, detoxification enzymes like glutathione S-transferase (GST), catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and P450, and typical proteins like heat shock protein and metallothionein were all differentially expressed in response to Cd stress. Besides, innate immune responses like toll-like receptor signaling pathways were also upregulated. Multiple critical Cd-responsive genes involved in biological damage, detoxification, and immune response were identified, providing referable foundation for further research on Cd toxicity to P. pseudoannulata.


P. pseudoannulata Cadmium Detoxification Immunity Development 





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P. pseudoannulata

Pardosa pseudoannulata




superoxide dismutase




spider fed with Cd-containing fruit fly for 2 days


spider fed with Cd-containing fruit fly for 5 days


spider fed with Cd-containing fruit fly for 8 days


control spider


reads per kilobase of exon model per million mapped reads


real time quantitative PCR


false discovery rate


differential expression genes


reactive oxygen species



The authors would like to thank the Oebiotech Enterprise (Shanghai) for their technical assistance.


This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of P. R. China (No. 31472017, 31272339), the key projects of Hunan Provincial Science and Technology Department (No. 2014FJ2003), the Planned Science and Technology Project of Hunan Province, China (No. 2015RS4036), the research project of Hunan Provincial Education Department (No. 15C0666), the Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program of China (No. CAAS-ASTIP-IBFC), and the postgraduate research projects of Hunan Province, China (CX2017B361).

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethics approval and consent to participate

The ethical approval was not required. Materials used in this study were unregulated common arthropod spiders, Pardosa pseudoannulata, and insect Drosophila melanogaster.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Supplementary material

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Table S1 (DOC 27 kb)
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Table S2 The list of DEGs at TS-2, TS-5, and TS-8 (FDR < 0.01, absolute value of Log2foldchange > 2). (XLS 567 kb)
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Table S3 GO enrichment analysis for all DEGs (FDR < 0.01). (XLS 146 kb)
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Table S4 Differentially expressed genes involved in cuticular protein. (XLS 18 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Baoyang Wei
    • 2
  • Yuande Peng
    • 3
  • Ting Huang
    • 2
  • Huilin Yang
    • 2
  • Xianjin Peng
    • 1
  • Chunliang Xie
    • 3
  • Xiang Xu
    • 1
  • Zhiying Sun
    • 2
  • Zhi Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Zhiyue Lv
    • 4
    Email author
  • Qisheng Song
    • 5
  1. 1.College of Life SciencesHunan Normal UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.College of Bioscience and BiotechnologyHunan Agriculture UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.Institute of Bast Fiber CropsChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesChangshaChina
  4. 4.Department of Parasitology, Zhongshan School of MedicineSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  5. 5.Division of Plant SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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