DAO 85:53-57 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02058

X-cells in pseudotumors of yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus: a protistan organism distinct from that in flathead flounder Hippoglossoides dubius

Satoshi Miwa1,*, Takashi Kamaishi2

1Inland Station, National Research Institute of Aquaculture, Tamaki, Mie 519-0423, Japan
2National Research Institute of Aquaculture, Nansei, Mie 516-0193, Japan

ABSTRACT: Yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus affected with X-cell pseudotumors were sampled from a river estuary in Tokyo Bay, Japan. We amplified the gene for small subunit ribosomal RNA (18S rRNA) of X-cells of the goby with PCR using universal primers. The gene that we obtained (DDBJ Accession no. AB451874) showed 91% sequence identity to that of the X-cells of the flathead flounder Hippoglossoides dubius. With in situ hybridization, the probes specific for the gene that we obtained hybridized with the goby X-cells but not with the flounder X-cells, whereas probes for the 18S rRNA gene of flounder X-cells hybridized with the flounder X-cells but not with goby X-cells. These findings indicate that although the X-cells found in the goby are closely related to the protist found in flounder, the two are clearly distinct organisms.


KEY WORDS: X-cell · Protistan · Goby · Acanthogobius flavimanus · 18S rRNA · In situ hybridization


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Cite this article as: Miwa S, Kamaishi T (2009) X-cells in pseudotumors of yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus: a protistan organism distinct from that in flathead flounder Hippoglossoides dubius. Dis Aquat Org 85:53-57. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02058

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