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Elevated seawater temperatures have a limited impact on the coral immune response following physical damage

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Coll Publ Hlth Med & Vet Sci
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Aims Jcu
dc.contributor Coll Marine & Environm Sci
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Arc Ctr Excellence Coral Reef Studies AINSWORTH, TRACY D. VAN DE WATER, JEROEN A. J. M. LEGGAT, WILLIAM BOURNE, DAVID G. VAN OPPEN, MADELEINE J. H. WILLIS, BETTE L. 2015-10-06T00:04:21Z 2015-10-06T00:04:21Z 2017-03-21T00:56:12Z 2019-05-09T01:02:10Z 2017-03-21T00:56:12Z 2015-10-06T00:04:21Z 2015-10-06T00:04:21Z 2019-05-09T01:02:10Z 2015-10-01
dc.identifier.citation van de Water JAJM, Leggat W, Bourne DG, van Oppen MJH, Willis BL, Ainsworth TD (2015) Elevated seawater temperatures have a limited impact on the coral immune response following physical damage. Hydrobiologia 759(1): 201-214 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0018-8158
dc.description.abstract Recurrent disturbances on coral reefs that cause injuries, like predation and storm damage, and elevated seawater temperatures reduce coral fitness and immunocompetence. An effective immune response is essential to prevent disease and enhance colony survival. To evaluate how elevated seawater temperatures affect the coral immune response following injury, fragments of Acropora aspera were exposed to ambient (27-29A degrees C) or elevated (32-33.5A degrees C) seawater temperatures for 8 days and subsequently experimentally injured. Expression patterns for 15 immune genes 24 h post-injury revealed that most genes involved in the Toll-like receptor pathway were unaffected by elevated seawater temperatures. Exceptions to this pattern were cFos and cJun, which were upregulated and likely played a role in repair processes, and TRAF-6 and NF kappa B, which were downregulated suggesting reduced immune function. Components of the complement system were upregulated (millectin, C3) or downregulated (Bf, Tx60, apextrin) in corals at high temperatures. However, corals that also sustained injury, showed normal Tx60 and apextrin expression, suggesting roles in the wounding response. Overall, basal expression levels of immune genes are sufficient to mount a response to injury in the short term, and the immune response of A. aspera following injury is not significantly affected by minor elevations in seawater temperatures.
dc.description.sponsorship The authors would like to thank the Australian Research Council for the funding provided.
dc.description.sponsorship Australian Research Council en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SpringerLink en_US
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dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Montastraea-annularis
dc.subject Reef-building Coral
dc.subject Tissue Regeneration
dc.subject Gene-expression
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Ocean Acidification
dc.subject Disease Prevalence
dc.subject Septic Injury
dc.subject Scleractinian Coral
dc.subject Injury
dc.subject Acropora-millepora
dc.subject Heat Stress en_US
dc.subject Gene Expression en_US
dc.subject Immunity en_US
dc.subject Coral en_US
dc.title Elevated seawater temperatures have a limited impact on the coral immune response following physical damage
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10750-015-2243-z
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000360672400016

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