Direct Evidence That Extracellular Giant Hemoglobin is Produced in Chloragogen Tissues in a Beard Worm, Oligobrachia mashikoi (Frenulata, Siboglinidae, Annelida)

Shigeyuki Nakahama, Taro Nakagawa, Masaaki Kanemori, Yoshihiro Fukumori, Yuichi Sasayama
2008 Zoological Science  
In Oligobrachia mashikoi, a mouthless and gutless polychaete known as a beard worm, sites of production of extra-cellular giant hemoglobin were examined with whole-mount in-situ hybridization and semi-quantitative RT-PCR. An RNA probe was prepared from mRNA of the A2-globin subunit. Clear signals were obtained from a peritoneal membrane covering the trophosome in the posterior body in all seven individuals examined in this study. In addition, weak signals were observed in the peritoneal
more » ... peritoneal membrane covering tissues in the middle part of the body in some individuals. Furthermore, in one individual, signals were obtained in complicated bodies invaginated into the dorsal vessel from a peritoneal membrane that also released signals. The results of RT-PCR regarding the expression levels of four kinds of globin-subunit genes suggest that the main site of hemoglobin production is the peritoneal membrane in the posterior body.
doi:10.2108/zsj.25.1247 pmid:19267652 fatcat:pksfopfu7nbttmtbq7kmyu2mta