Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 892–904 | Cite as

Molecular cloning and transcriptional analysis of a NPY receptor-like in common Chinese cuttlefish Sepiella japonica

  • Jingwen Yang (杨静文)
  • Yuchao Xu (徐玉超)
  • Ke Xu (许珂)
  • Hongling Ping (平洪领)
  • Huilai Shi (史会来)
  • Zhenming Lü (吕振明)
  • Changwen Wu (吴常文)
  • Tianming Wang (王天明)Email author


Neuropeptide Y (NPY) has a pivotal role in the regulation of many physiological processes. In this study, the gene encoding a NPY receptor-like from the common Chinese cuttlefish Sepiella japonica (SjNPYR-like) was identified and characterized. The full-length SjNPYR-like cDNA was cloned containing a 492-bp of 5′ untranslated region (UTR), 1 182 bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a protein of 393 amino acid residues, and 228 bp of 3′ UTR. The putative protein was predicted to have a molecular weight of 45.54 kDa and an isoelectric point (pI) of 8.13. By informatic analyses, SjNPYR-like was identified as belonging to the class A G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) family (the rhodopsin-type). The amino acid sequence contained 12 potential phosphorylation sites and five predicted N-linked glycosylation sites. Multiple sequence alignment and 3D structure modeling were conducted to clarify SjNPYR bioinformatics characteristics. Phylogenetic analysis identifies it as an NPYR with identity of 33% to Lymnaea stagnalis NPFR. Transmembrane properties of SjNPYR-like were demonstrated in vitro using HEK293 cells and the pEGFP-N1 plasmid. Relative quantification of SjNPYR-like mRNA level confirmed a high level expression and broad distribution of SjNPYR-like in various tissues of female S. japonica. In addition, the transcriptional profile of SjNPYR-like in the brain, liver, and ovary during gonadal development was analyzed. The results provide basic understanding on the molecular characteristics of SjNPYR-like and its potentially physical functions.


Sepiella japonica NPY receptor-like growth reproduction gene expression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingwen Yang (杨静文)
    • 1
  • Yuchao Xu (徐玉超)
    • 1
  • Ke Xu (许珂)
    • 1
  • Hongling Ping (平洪领)
    • 2
  • Huilai Shi (史会来)
    • 2
  • Zhenming Lü (吕振明)
    • 2
  • Changwen Wu (吴常文)
    • 1
  • Tianming Wang (王天明)
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.National Engineering Research Center for Facilitated Marine Aquaculture, Marine Science CollegeZhejiang Ocean UniversityZhoushanChina
  2. 2.Marine Fisheries Research Institute of Zhejiang ProvinceZhoushanChina

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