DAO 84:167-171 (2009)  -  doi:10.3354/dao02044

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Application of YHV-protease dsRNA for protection and therapeutic treatment against yellow head virus infection in Litopenaeus vannamei

Wanchai Assavalapsakul1,*, Wanlop Chinnirunvong2, Sakol Panyim2,3

1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Phyathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
2Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Mahidol University, Phutthamonthol Sai 4 Road, Phutthamonthol, Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand
3Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Phyathai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

ABSTRACT: While farming of the Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei is well established in North and South America, the industry has more recently been introduced to Asia, and the Pacific white shrimp is now the most commonly farmed species in Thailand. However, outbreaks of yellow head virus (YHV) disease in the Pacific white shrimp have caused severe economic losses and currently there is no effective prevention or treatment of YHV infections. The YHV-protease double-stranded RNA (YHV-Pro dsRNA) can act as both a prophylactic agent and as a treatment to inhibit YHV replication in infected black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon. The utility of this methodology to other shrimp species has not, however, been established. The purpose of this study was to determine whether YHV-Pro dsRNA can be applied to the Pacific white shrimp. To assess prophylactic efficiency, YHV-Pro dsRNA was injected into juvenile shrimp 24 h prior to challenge with YHV. Subsequent YHV replication was inhibited by YHV-Pro dsRNA as compared with injection of an unrelated dsRNA. For therapeutic treatment of YHV-infected shrimp, shrimp were challenged with YHV before dsRNA injection. Injection of YHV-Pro dsRNA up to 6 h post-infection resulted in the almost complete elimination of YHV replication. These results suggest that YHV-Pro dsRNA can also be broadly applied as a prophylactic agent to inhibit YHV replication and therapeutic treatment of YHV-infected Pacific white shrimp.


KEY WORDS: Litopenaeus vannamei · Viral disease · Yellow head virus · Double-stranded RNA · RNAi


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Cite this article as: Assavalapsakul W, Chinnirunvong W, Panyim S (2009) Application of YHV-protease dsRNA for protection and therapeutic treatment against yellow head virus infection in Litopenaeus vannamei. Dis Aquat Org 84:167-171

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