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ISRN Molecular Biology
Volume 2012, Article ID 219656, 6 pages
Research Article

Identification and Molecular Characterization of Molluskin, a Histone-H2A-Derived Antimicrobial Peptide from Molluscs

Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kerala, Kochi 682016, India

Received 19 August 2012; Accepted 10 September 2012

Academic Editors: M. Greenwood and D. P. Romancino

Copyright © 2012 Naveen Sathyan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Antimicrobial peptides are humoral innate immune components of molluscs that provide protection against pathogenic microorganisms. Among these, histone-H2A-derived antimicrobial peptides are known to actively participate in host defense responses of molluscs. Present study deals with identification of putative antimicrobial sequences from the histone-H2A of back-water oyster Crassostrea madrasensis, rock oyster Saccostrea cucullata, grey clam Meretrix casta, fig shell Ficus gracilis, and ribbon bullia Bullia vittata. A 75 bp fragment encoding 25 amino acid residues was amplified from cDNA of these five bivalves and was named “Molluskin.” The 25 amino acid peptide exhibited high similarity to previously reported histone-H2A-derived AMPs from invertebrates indicating the presence of an antimicrobial sequence motif. Physicochemical properties of the peptides are in agreement with the characteristic features of antimicrobial peptides, indicating their potential role in innate immunity of molluscs.