Analysis of the white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) immune response during immunostimulation and Veronaea botryosa infection

Esteban Soto, Denver Coleman, Zeinab Yazdi, Sara L. Purcell, Alvin Camus, Mark D. Fast

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Systemic phaeohyphomycosis caused by Veronaea botryosa is regarded as an important emerging mycotic disease of sturgeon aquaculture. However, no vaccines or treatments are currently available. The effects of dietary β-glucan supplementation on resistance to V. botryosa infection was examined in controlled challenges by exposing immunostimulated and control fish to ~7.25 × 105 fungal spores/fish via intra-muscular injection. Six weeks post-challenge, cumulative mortality was determined and antibodies to acute phase-proteins (APP) were used to quantify the conserved APP peptides in the serum of challenged and control fish using Western blot. Transcript levels for all tested pro-inflammatory cytokines, APP, and regulatory cytokines in the spleen were similar amongst treatments at the end of the three-week feeding period. However, significantly higher survival occurred in fingerlings fed 0.3% β-glucans compared to non-immunostimulated fish groups (p < 0.05) six weeks post-challenge. A strong proinflammatory response was detected in exposed treatment groups, and greater survival at 6 weeks was associated with higher transcript abundance of Il-17 in fish fed β-glucans. Findings support the important role of this cytokine in response to fungal infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100879
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D: Genomics and Proteomics
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Aquaculture
  • Caviar
  • Fungus
  • IL-17
  • Immunostimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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