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Dynamic changes in TAP1 expression levels in newborn to weaning piglets, and its association with Escherichia coli F18 resistance

Author(s): J. Wang, Y. Liu, W.H. Dong, Y.J. Huo, X.G. Huang, S.L. Wu and W.B. Bao

The transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP) transports peptides from the cytosol into the endoplasmic reticulum for subsequent loading onto the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules. This study showed the dynamic changes in the TAP1 expression level in newborn to weaning piglets. Tissue expression profiles revealed that the TAP1 gene was expressed at low levels in all tissues, and the expression levels were relatively higher in the lung, spleen, lymph, and thymus; further, no significant difference was observed in the expression in each tissue among the 3 unweaned stages (8, 18, and 30 days). Nevertheless, the postweaning (35 days) expression levels in tissues, including the spleen, lung, lymph, duodenum, and jejunum were significantly higher than those in the unweaned stages. Furthermore, gene ontology and pathway analysis showed that TAP1 took part in 38 biological functions and 5 pathway processes, including ABC transporters and antigen processing and presentation. These analyses showed that the TAP1 gene, which was related to MHC I immune regulation, had a stable and low expression level in unweaned stages; however, its expression increased in the postweaning stages. The high expression level of TAP1 indicated that the gene might play an important role in Escherichia coli F18 resistance.