EXPRESSION OF DYSTROPHIN GENE IN THE WHITE SPOT SYNDROME VIRUS INFECTED MACROBRACHIUM ROSENBERGII
We observed messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expression of dystrophin gene and change of intracellular calcium ion concentration [Ca2+] in the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infected prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) at 0, 4, 8, 12, 26, 38 and 48 hours post infection. We demonstrated the relationship between the dystrophin gene and the [Ca2+] in the WSSV infected prawn. Experimental results showed that the expression of the dystrophin gene increased sharply from 26 hours to 48 hours post WSSV infection. The [Ca2+] in muscle tissue of the infected prawn samples increased from 1.52 fold to 1.80 fold compared to the uninfected control sample.