Glutathione S-transferase (GST) genes from marine copepods Acartia tonsa: cDNA cloning and mRNA expression in response to 1,2-dimethylnaphthalene.Aquat Toxicol. 2020 Jul; 224:105480.AT
The calanoid copepod, Acartia tonsa, is relatively sensitive to marine pollution. Glutathione S-transferase (GST) multifunctional enzyme, as a biomarker, play an important role in detoxification metabolism of exogenous substances. In the present study, GST-theta and GST-mu class homology genes (designated as AtGSTT1 and AtGSTM2) were identified and characterized from A. tonsa. The coding sequence of AtGSTT1 comprised 726 bp and encoded a putative protein of 241 amino acid residues. AtGSTM2 contained an open reading frame of 678 bp that encoded a putative 227 amino acid polypeptide. Both proteins contained a conserved GST-N domain and a GST-C domain. Structural analysis revealed the characteristic N-terminal G-site. Three-dimensional structure analysis showed that AtGSTT1 and AtGSTM2 have two typical domains of GST family: The βαβαββα topology structure at the N- terminus and the superhelical structure at the C- terminus. Subsequently, the expression levels of the two GST genes were detected in A. tonsa using real-time quantitative PCR after exposure to 1,2-dimethylnaphthalene (C2-NAPH) at different concentrations (0.574, 5.736 and 57.358 μg/L) for 24, 48, 72, and 96 h. AtGSTT1 mRNA expression was significantly up-regulated in a time-dependent manner and the highest mRNA expression occurred at 5.736 μg/L C2-NAPH exposure for 96 h. AtGSTM2 mRNA expression peaked at 72 h in 0.574 μg/L and 5.736 μg/L dose groups. The expression level of AtGSTM2 showed an increasing trend in a time-dependent manner at 57.358 μg/L of C2-NAPH. These results suggested that GST genes may play an important role in protecting A. tonsa from C2-NAPH pollution, and provide a theoretical basis for further study on the molecular mechanism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) pollution on zooplankton.