Kinetics of transcriptional response against poly (I:C) and infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) in Atlantic salmon kidney (ASK) cell line

Dev Comp Immunol. 2020 Sep;110:103716. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2020.103716. Epub 2020 Apr 29.


Vaccine adjuvants induce host innate immune responses improving long-lasting adaptive immunity against vaccine antigens. In vitro models can be used to compare these responses between adjuvants and the infection targeted by the vaccine. We utilized transcriptomic profiling of an Atlantic salmon cell line to compare innate immune responses against ISAV and an experimental viral vaccine adjuvant: poly (I:C). Induction of interferon and interferon induced genes were observed after both treatments, but often with different amplitude and kinetics. Using KEGG ortholog database and available software from Bioconductor we could specify a complete bioinformatic pipeline for analysis of transcriptomic data from Atlantic salmon, a feature not previously available. We have identified important differences in the transcriptional profile of Atlantic salmon cells exposed to viral infection and a viral vaccine adjuvant candidate, poly (I:C). This report increases our knowledge of viral host-pathogen interaction in salmon and to which extent these can be mimicked by adjuvant compounds.

Keywords: Adjuvant; Atlantic salmon; ISAV; Poly (I:C); Transcriptome; Vaccine.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Computational Biology
  • Fish Proteins / genetics
  • Fish Proteins / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Interferons / genetics
  • Interferons / metabolism
  • Isavirus / physiology*
  • Kidney / pathology*
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / immunology*
  • Poly I-C / immunology
  • Salmo salar / immunology*
  • Transcription, Genetic / immunology
  • Viral Vaccines / immunology*


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Fish Proteins
  • Viral Vaccines
  • Interferons
  • Poly I-C