Prediction of Toxin Genes from Chinese Yellow Catfish Based on Transcriptomic and Proteomic Sequencing

Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Apr 13;17(4):556. doi: 10.3390/ijms17040556.


Fish venom remains a virtually untapped resource. There are so few fish toxin sequences for reference, which increases the difficulty to study toxins from venomous fish and to develop efficient and fast methods to dig out toxin genes or proteins. Here, we utilized Chinese yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) as our research object, since it is a representative species in Siluriformes with its venom glands embedded in the pectoral and dorsal fins. In this study, we set up an in-house toxin database and a novel toxin-discovering protocol to dig out precise toxin genes by combination of transcriptomic and proteomic sequencing. Finally, we obtained 15 putative toxin proteins distributed in five groups, namely Veficolin, Ink toxin, Adamalysin, Za2G and CRISP toxin. It seems that we have developed a novel bioinformatics method, through which we could identify toxin proteins with high confidence. Meanwhile, these toxins can also be useful for comparative studies in other fish and development of potential drugs.

Keywords: Chinese yellow catfish; proteome; transcriptome; venom.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Catfishes / genetics*
  • Fish Proteins / chemistry
  • Fish Proteins / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genomics
  • Marine Toxins / chemistry
  • Marine Toxins / genetics*
  • Proteomics
  • Transcriptome


  • Fish Proteins
  • Marine Toxins