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A genomic view of the NOD-like receptor family in teleost fish: identification of a novel NLR subfamily in zebrafish
© Laing et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
- Received: 31 May 2007
- Accepted: 06 February 2008
- Published: 06 February 2008
A large multigene family of NOD-like receptor (NLR) molecules have been described in mammals and implicated in immunity and apoptosis. Little information, however, exists concerning this gene family in non-mammalian taxa. This current study, therefore, provides an in-depth investigation of this gene family in lower vertebrates including extensive phylogenetic comparison of zebrafish NLRs with orthologs in tetrapods, and analysis of their tissue-specific expression.
Three distinct NLR subfamilies were identified by mining genome databases of various non-mammalian vertebrates; the first subfamily (NLR-A) resembles mammalian NODs, the second (NLR-B) resembles mammalian NALPs, while the third (NLR-C) appears to be unique to teleost fish. In zebrafish, NLR-A and NLR-B subfamilies contain five and six genes respectively. The third subfamily is large, containing several hundred NLR-C genes, many of which are predicted to encode a C-terminal B30.2 domain. This subfamily most likely evolved from a NOD3-like molecule. Gene predictions for zebrafish NLRs were verified using sequence derived from ESTs or direct sequencing of cDNA. Reverse-transcriptase (RT)-PCR analysis confirmed expression of representative genes from each subfamily in selected tissues.
Our findings confirm the presence of multiple NLR gene orthologs, which form a large multigene family in teleostei. Although the functional significance of the three major NLR subfamilies is unclear, we speculate that conservation and abundance of NLR molecules in all teleostei genomes, reflects an essential role in cellular control, apoptosis or immunity throughout bony fish.
- Zebrafish Genome
- Xenopus Tropicalis
- Muramyl Dipeptide
- Assembly Version
Human NLR sequences used for analyses
HGNC approved symbol
CLR designation 
Uniprot accession number
The functions of the NLRs are presently not well defined. However, based on their structural characteristics, these molecules are thought to be expressed in the cytosol of immune-related cells, and have been implicated in autoimmune diseases and responses to bacterial  or viral molecules  supporting their importance in host immunity. Some of these molecules activate caspase-1 , while others initiate [8, 9] or inhibit NF-κB signaling . These two molecular pathways are fundamental to a molecular platform known as the inflammasome , which coordinates the production and processing of important inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1, IL-18 and IL-33 in mammals. Proteins that assemble in this caspase-1 inflammasome vary according to the cell type and stimulus . Other molecules (e.g. caspase 11) that are necessary for inflammasome function are thought to be generated or recruited as a result of cross-talk between NLR and toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling . According to current hypotheses, the activation of NLRs occurs following recognition of specific ligands by their LRR domains similar to the way that TLRs recognize molecules from extracellular pathogens. NLR proteins are, therefore, believed to represent cytosolic pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that use LRR regions to detect intracellular pathogens. Those NLRs that are better defined functionally include NOD1, NOD2, and NALP3. NOD1 and NOD2, have both been shown to play a role in immunity of the mammalian gut and are highly expressed in epithelial cells or macrophages associated with the intestine. NOD1 recognizes a molecule known as meso-DAP (γ-D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelic acid), which is a peptidoglycan (PGN) component found in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria , while NOD2 recognizes muramyl dipeptide, a peptidoglycan component found only in Gram-positive bacteria . NALP3 (alias cryopyrin) has been shown to recognize a wide range of molecules, including bacterial RNA and synthetic viral RNA/DNA mimics (R837 and R848) . NALP3 becomes activated in TLR-primed macrophages in response to ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and bacterial toxins that lower cytoplasmic K+ , which is thought to be the major mechanism in the NALP3 response to certain Gram-positive bacteria. In a distinct pathway, monosodium urate and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals have been shown to increase caspase-1 activity in a NALP3-dependent (TLR-independent) manner , representing potential 'danger signal' ligands for NALP3  and defining a further role for NLRs in recognizing cellular stress.
Members of the NLR family have not been extensively studied in taxa other than mammals, although recent reports indicate some members of this family exist in lower vertebrates  and in invertebrates . Extending the knowledge of NLRs in ectotherms, this study reports an extensive overview of the NLR family in teleost fish, represented using information derived from the zebrafish Danio rerio. Here, we describe the gene phylogeny and expression of three major subfamilies of NLRs in teleostei, which we designate NLR-A and NLR-B (resembling mammalian NOD and NALP subfamilies respectively) and NLR-C, a large subfamily (characterized with a NOD-3-like NACHT domain and an unusual C-terminal domain) that appears in all teleostei genomes, and is unique to bony fish. The implications of all three subfamilies in immune regulation of fish are discussed.
NLR-SUBFAMILY A in zebrafish
ENSEMBL prediction ID (ENSDARG000000)
NLR-SUBFAMILY B in zebrafish
ENSEMBL prediction ID (ENSDARG000000)
NLR-SUBFAMILY C in zebrafish (selected examples)
ENSEMBL prediction ID (ENSDARG000000)
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NLR subfamily genes identified in other non-mammalian genomes
Fugu rubripes (v4)
Six distinct genes encoding NACHT domains were identified in Zv6 that belong to subfamily B and form a separate cluster within the clade of mammalian NALPs. Although zebrafish NLR-B2 and B3 were identified in distinct regions of the zebrafish genome (Table 3) these genes are identical in the region of the NACHT domain used for phylogenetic analysis. Several NALP-like sequences were also identified for Xenopus tropicalis (Table 5) that similarly formed their own cluster distinct from the human and zebrafish NALPs (Fig 1B). Gene predictions encoding putative NALPs in zebrafish are short, with most lacking a recognizable effector domain and C-terminal LRR domain. One exception is NLR-B2, which appears to have an N-terminal region with low similarity to a CARD motif as identified by searching the CDD. Only one cDNA sequence resembling this subfamily could be identified in the zebrafish EST database [GenBank:AI883819] that, although highly similar in sequence, was not an exact match to any of the predicted NLR-B genes and appeared to encode only a portion of the NACHT domain. NLR subfamily B genes appear to be restricted to small clusters on chromosomes 2 and 15 in zebrafish. Furthermore, NLR-B5 and NLR-B6 reside close (28.3–28.5 m) to NLR-A5 (32 m) on chromosome 15. Later analysis of Zv7 revealed removal of the NLR-B5 gene prediction, and its merger with the prediction for NLR-B6 [see Additional file 2].
Database searches revealed multiple genes that possessed NACHT domains and shared significant homology to human NOD3 yet were distinct from the zebrafish NOD3 molecule (NLR-A3) described above. This large number of highly similar genes clearly arose from several gene(ome) duplication events. Several hundred predicted genes/proteins were observed for this group in the databases for all teleost fish (data not shown). In zebrafish, these genes were found at numerous chromosomal loci, with large clusters evident on (at least) chromosomes 1, 4, 14 and 17. A small selection of these genes was subjected to further analysis (Table 4 and Fig 1A). These molecules divided into three clusters during phylogenetic analysis, which also corresponded to sequence differences identified in the N-terminal region. Representatives from chromosome 14 were identified in all three clusters, while NLRs from some other chromosomes (e.g. chromosomes 12 and 17) were restricted to one cluster, although not all genes were included in the analysis.
Although the CIITA was evident in the genomes of the pufferfishes, frog and chicken, this molecule was not readily identifiable in zebrafish Zv6. However, later analyses identified a CIITA-like gene, in Zv7 of the zebrafish genome, which resides on Chromosome 3 at approximate position 24.3 m (Zv7_scaffold 244). Sequences for NAIP were not identified in lower vertebrates during this study. IPAF was identified in the frog genome (Table 5), but not in the other non-mammalian genomes. A recently described family of NLR-like genes from the sea urchin was found to cluster with mammalian IPAF and NAIP molecules during phylogenetic analyses (data not shown).
Expression of zebrafish NLRs
The spatial expression of NLR genes was evaluated in selected tissues from naïve zebrafish. NLR-A1, -A2, -A3 -A4 and -A5 were all identified in zebrafish intestine using RT-PCR. All five genes were also expressed in liver although expression of NLR-A2 was extremely weak. NLR-A3 expression was not detected in the spleen following 35 PCR cycles, but the four other NLR-A genes were expressed in this tissue (with low expression of splenic NLR-A5 in one individual). As a representative of the NLR-B subfamily, NLR-B2 expression was investigated and detected in all three tissues. Similarly, mRNA was detected for an NLR-C gene(s) in all three tissues using primers based on the completely sequenced EST clone. The primers used to detect these genes amplified no products in control reactions whose templates were sterile water (not shown) or from cDNA syntheses performed in the absence of reverse transcriptase (RT-). ARP was amplified from all tissues confirming the integrity of the cDNAs and the success of RT-PCR. Genomic products were amplified for all NLR-A genes that were larger than the cDNA amplicons and supported the presence of intron(s) between the primer regions.
New insight into the regulation of essential developmental, inflammatory and apoptotic pathways was achieved with the discovery and characterization of the NLR gene family of putative cytoplasmic pattern recognition molecules. While an increasing amount of information exists for these molecules in mammals, this gene family is poorly studied in other vertebrates with little to no information available even at the gene level for birds, amphibians and fish. This study resolves this issue by identifying and characterizing many NLR-like genes from these three classes of animals and uncovering a unique subfamily of NLRs in teleost fish.
Our evidence shows early evolution and high conservation of the NOD (NLR-A) subfamily of NLRs. All species of teleost fish that were analyzed had five distinct members of this subfamily designated NLR-A1, NLR-A2, NLR-A3, NLR-A4 and NLR-A5 that were clear gene orthologs of human NOD1 to NOD5 . A NOD1 ortholog was also described during an earlier screen of zebrafish ESTs for molecules similar to apoptosis regulators . In addition to encoded NACHT domains, the effector domains and LRR regions were highly conserved in the fish NLR-A genes relative to their human equivalents, suggesting retained function. NLR-A1 and NLR-A2, the fish orthologs of human NOD1 and NOD2 respectively, both possessed clear CARD domains (one in NLR-A1 and two in NLR-A2) with high amino acid identity to the equivalent regions of human molecules. In mammalian NOD1 (and presumably NOD2), the CARD domains are necessary for the interaction with RICK kinase, an enzyme that participates in NFκB activation and, ultimately, the generation of pro-inflammatory molecules . Since RICK is also present in fish genomes (see zebrafish RIPK2, Q4V958), it would appear that this inflammatory cascade was established prior to the divergence of teleost fish from the tetrapod lineage, assuming that the same interaction occurs between these molecules in fish. The highly conserved sequences in the LRR domains implies these zebrafish NLR-A1 and NLR-A2 may also be able to recognize meso-DAP and muramyl dipeptide as mammalian NOD1 and NOD2 respectively [13, 14] although this requires formal confirmation. NLR-A1 transcript was detected equally in intestine, liver and spleen, reflecting the wide-spread distribution observed for murine NOD1 , while NLR-A2 was strongly expressed in intestine, with some expression in spleen and barely detectable levels in liver. Similar to the highest expression of NLR-A2 in zebrafish intestine, human NOD2 has a more restricted expression pattern, with predominant expression in cells of myeloid origin including monocytes  and Paneth cells  that are associated with the gut, although expression of NOD2 can also be induced in epithelial cells . Zebrafish NLR-A3 is clearly an ortholog of mammalian NOD3, with similarity in the effector and NACHT domains and an equal number of LRR domains. At the genomic level, NOD3 is flanked by RHOT2, SBK1 and PDPK1, GNPTG respectively in zebrafish and fugu further supporting the orthologous relationship for NOD3 between fish species. Expression of NLR-A3 was strong in zebrafish intestine, with some expression also in liver and little to no expression observed in the spleen. Interestingly, the kidney (bone marrow equivalent) did not express NLR-A3 as well suggesting that it is not expressed by lymphocytes (data not shown). In mammals, NOD3 expression occurs primarily in lymphocytes and is attributed to inhibition of T-cell activity . Two other NLR-A subfamily members were also identified in zebrafish that were designated NLR-A4 and NLR-A5 with NLR-A4 resembling human NOD4 and NLR-A5 being highly conserved to human NOD5. NLR-A4/NOD4 genes represent the most divergent members of this subfamily based on amino acid conservation within the N-terminal and LRR regions between different vertebrate orthologs. Both NLR-A4 and NLR-A5 genes were constitutively expressed in intestine, spleen and liver of naïve zebrafish, although there is clearly some fish to fish variation preventing their detection in some individuals under the conditions used for RT-PCR. Currently, there is no information concerning the expression patterns or functions of these latter two NLRs in mammals.
Whereas NOD1, NOD3, NOD4 and NOD5 appear to be conserved in bird and amphibian genomes, the gene for NOD2 was identified in neither the chicken nor the frog genomes. This would suggest that NOD2 has been deleted from the genomes in these species, although the genome of Xenopus tropicalis is, at present, incomplete. This is surprising since NOD2, in mammals, appears to be a highly important sensor for intracellular microbial molecules. However, chickens do possess a NALP3 ortholog (see below) representing another potential PRR for muramyl dipeptide  and may functionally replace NOD2 in this species.
Members of the NALP subfamily are also evident in lower vertebrates. Six genes were identified in zebrafish (Zv6) for NALP-like molecules (NLR-B1 to -B6), and ten predicted NALP-like genes (nicknamed NALPa to NALPj) were found for Xenopus. These genes clustered separately for each species, suggesting recent duplication events formed the NALP subfamilies independently in fish, amphibians and mammals. The closest human ortholog of the amphibian and fish NALPs appears to be NALP6. A single NALP-like sequence predicted in the chicken genome (ENSGALG00000005155) and in the Uniprot database (Q5F3J4) clusters closest to the group of human NALPs 1, 3, 10, and 12 when analyzed phylogenetically (although not with strong bootstrap support) and has recently been given the name NLRP3 (previously designated CIAS1/NALP3). Chicken NALP was identified on chromosome 5, separate to the chicken NOD5 gene (chromosome 24). Although sequence variation makes accurate comparisons difficult, it is likely that this chicken gene arose from a distinct NALP than the fish and amphibian NALPs, with the ancestral NALP(s) possibly lost from the genome. The discovery of multiple NALP-like proteins in lower vertebrates contradicts a recent hypothesis by Hughes suggesting that the NALP subfamily evolved only in mammals , with clear evidence that a gene encoding the NACHT domain of at least one NALP (possibly a NALP6-like gene) was present prior to the fish-tetrapod split. Zebrafish NALPs are situated at two distinct chromosomal locations, four of these genes (NLR-B1 to -B4) are located on chromosome 2, and the other two (NLR-B5 and -B6) can be found near NLR-A5 on chromosome 15; the new assembly of the zebrafish genome (Zv7) suggests these two sequences may represent the same gene. It should be pointed out that although chicken NLRP3 has an N-terminal PYRIN domain, the N-terminal domains for the Xenopus and zebrafish NALPs were not identified. One exception was NLR-B2, which appears to have a domain that resembles a CARD and not a PYRIN domain as would be expected from its similarity to the mammalian NALPs. No PYRIN domains are observed for the Xenopus NALP-like sequences and, other than the PY-CARD protein (prediction ENSXETT00000004042), no PYRIN domains were predicted in the Xenopus genome. These observations may reflect that early ancestors of NALPs lacked these effector domains and later acquired the PYRIN domain (or CARD domain in the case of NLR-B1). Whether these NALP-like genes encode functional PRRs in poikilotherms remains uncertain, however, NLR-B2 transcript was detectable in zebrafish intestine, spleen and liver suggesting this may represent a functional gene.
In addition to the NOD- and NALP-like subfamilies, a unique subfamily of NLRs was identified in teleost fish, and designated NLR subfamily C (NLR-C). This subfamily is interesting for several reasons. Firstly, all teleostei genome (and EST) databases show numerous NLR-C genes, amounting to several hundred of these genes in a single species. Secondly, these genes all possess a central NACHT domain that is highly similar to the NACHT domain of NOD3 (NLR-A3) suggesting they evolved from a NLR-A3-like molecule, yet many of these genes possess a PYRIN domain at their N-terminus making them more structurally similar to mammalian NALP molecules. Finally, following the LRR domain many of these molecules (representatives found in all bony fish) possess a B30.2 (PRY-SPRY) domain, which may allow them to interact with distinct molecules to standard NLRs and thus perform some novel function. B30.2 domains are also found on some tripartite motif containing (TRIM) proteins  and on the PYRIN molecule  (Fig 2) and have several roles related to immunity. TRIM5a has been shown to inhibit retroviral activity by directly binding the capsid of the HIV retrovirus , and PYRIN has been shown to inhibit the activity of caspase-1 by directly binding to the active site of this enzyme , both using their B30.2 domains for these interactions. Each of these functions would fit with the role of NLRs as intracellular PRRs; the ability to bind viruses could be an extension of the pattern detection system attributed to the neighboring LRR domain, while the potential to inhibit caspase-1 activity may make NLR-C molecules important negative regulators of the inflammasome in teleost fish. The latter function would reflect gene families of cell surface receptors such as killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs)  or novel immune-type receptors (NITRs)  that possess many inhibitory receptors and a small number of stimulatory receptors for controlling cellular activation. It is also interesting that these molecules all contain a NACHT domain similar to NOD3, since mammalian NOD3 has an inhibitory role in T cells . Importantly, since the predicted N- and C-termini of some NLR-Cs are structurally similar to the two domains of the PYRIN molecule, this would also fit with a potential function of mimicking PYRIN. However, additional studies are required to determine what, if any, role in the immune system NLR-C molecules may play.
The evolutionary processes generating the vast subfamily of NLR-C genes are not clear and appear very complex. The relationships are further confused by apparent errors in the assembly of the zebrafish genome (Zv6 versus Zv7), as evidenced by clear differences in the mapping of some NLR-C genes to their predicted chromosomes between assembly versions [see Additional file 2]. However, evidence suggesting tandem duplications of individual genes within a chromosomal locus is consistent between Zv6 and Zv7, which result in NLR-C genes adopting new exons encoding distinct N-terminal domains and/or C-terminal domains via exon-shuffling. The clusters of tandem NLR-C genes appear to have undergone en bloc duplication, to generate further clusters in the same locus (cis duplication), or within distinct loci or chromosomes (trans duplication) through translocation. Single genes may also have duplicated independently multiple times, within established loci and to create new loci, prior to and following formation of new gene structures. A large scale duplication of this gene family may be explained by the teleost-specific genome duplication event (3R) occurring early in the evolution of teleost fish, which followed two rounds of complete genome duplication (2R) observed early in the evolution of the vertebrate lineage . Should this be the case, mutations and deletions of many of the duplicated genes would be expected, to remove redundancy from the genome . Therefore, many NLR-C genes may be non-functional genes or pseudogenes, although a small number have likely established new functions. Clearly, it is too early to assign functionality to these genes, except to note that many are transcribed and are presumably translated into protein products. Transcripts for NLR-C were detected, in this study, in three distinct tissues in naïve zebrafish, and many more can be identified in the EST databases for this fish species.
A CIITA-like gene was identified in the zebrafish genome (Zv7) and is an important molecule, in mammals, for controlling the expression of both major histocompatibility complex class I and class II molecules and therefore is significant for antigen presentation to T lymphocytes. Defects in human CIITA gene expression have been linked to several immune disorders . However, alternative molecules have been implicated in the induction of antigen presentation pathways , including other members of the NLR family, such as NALP12 . NAIP/IPAF homologs have been identified in the sea urchin  implying that the ancestral NLR resembled one of these molecules. However, neither NAIP nor IPAF was identified in the fish genomes at this time, although IPAF was evident in the frog genome, suggesting that the genes for these molecules may have been lost from the fish genomes during the teleost-specific genome duplication event.
In summary, the NLR gene family contains several members in all vertebrates, and at least one prototypical gene must have existed prior to the evolution of vertebrates. Clearly, there are some losses and gains of NLR genes in the genomes of distinct species thus shaping unique repertoires of these molecules throughout vertebrates and invertebrates. Although there are still many members of the NLR family that require functional characterization, their implication as regulators of immunity is highly intriguing and warrants future investigation.
Identification of NLRs in non-mammalian vertebrates
Oligonucleotide primers used for RT-PCR analyses and sequencing
TTA ACG ATT ATG GCG TGA AGC
GAA CCT CAA TAC CGC TGT CTG
TGG ATG TTG AGC ACC TGA AG
CCC TTT TCC AGA AGT TTT CG
TCT GTG CTG TTC TCG CCT ATT
ACT CAG CAG ACT TCC CAA CAG
AAA CTG GCA AAG GCT ATT GGT
CAG GAT ACC GCA CAA AGT CTC
TGA ATG AGC TGA ACC TGT CCT
TCA GCC GCT GTA GAG AGT GAT
CAG ATC AAA GTG TGC AGC AGG TTC
TTG TGG AAC GAC TCT GTG AAG CTC
GAA GAG GAT TAC AGC AGG ACT
TCT CCA CTG CAG TCA ATC TC
ZF ARP 35F
TTA AAC CGG CTG TTC ACC GAT CCT
ZF ARP 271R
CGA ATG GCC TTC CTC ATC ATG GTG TT
GTC TAC AGC TTC ATC CAT CT
ACA GAC TGA ATG ATT CTC TCA
AGC TCT GCT ACA GGA CTG T
CTC ATT ACT GAT CAA CTG AAC A
CCT CAA TCT GTG CCC T
CGG AGT AAA GCT GCT A
Chromosomal locations for the NLRs were deduced by matching the translated NLR sequences against the genomes using BLAT  at the UCSC Genome Browser database . Specific domains within the zebrafish NLRs were confirmed by searching the Conserved domain database (CDD v 2.09)  at NCBI, by comparison to the PFAM hidden Markov Model (HMM) logos  and by direct comparison to putative mammalian orthologs. Genome versions used during these analyses are G. gallus assembly version 2.1 (May 2006), X. tropicalis assembly version 4.1 (August 2005), T. nigroviridis assembly version 7 (February 2004), T. rubripes assembly version 3 (August 2002) in BLAT and version 4 (December 2005) in ENSEMBL, and D. rerio assembly version 6 (March 2006). Following submission of this manuscript, assembly version 7 of the zebrafish genome became available, and all gene predictions were reanalyzed against this assembly. Data from Zv7 are available in supplementary tables [see Additional file 2].
Phylogeny of NLRs
The phylogenetic relationships between zebrafish NLRs and human NLRs were predicted using both the maximum evolution and neighbor-joining methods within the MEGA 3.1 program . Partial amino acid sequences from the NACHT domain (from regions corresponding to the GxxGxGKS motif to the FAAFY sequence signature of human NOD2) were used in the analyses as this region was clearly identified in all NLRs. Further analysis of the NLR-A and NLR-B subfamilies including frog and chicken NLRs were performed using the same methods. All trees were constructed from CLUSTALW generated alignments , using Poisson correction, complete deletion of gaps, and bootstrapped 1000 times.
Expression of zebrafish NLRs
The specific expression patterns of the NLR gene family in zebrafish tissues were investigated. Zebrafish (Ekwill strain) were obtained from Ekwill Fish Farm, FL and reared in sand-filtered and UV-treated freshwater at a constant temperature of 24°C. Fish were fed a daily ration of adult zebrafish diet (Zeigler). Genomic DNA was extracted from fin tissue using the DNeasy extraction kit (Qiagen) following manufacturer's instructions. The spleen, liver and intestinal tissues were removed from two individuals and RNA was extracted using the RNeasy RNA extraction kit with in-column DNAse treatment (Qiagen) following manufacturer's instructions. Total RNA was purified and cDNA was synthesized as previously described . A control, containing liver RNA but lacking reverse transcriptase, was also synthesized. The 20 μL cDNA synthesis reactions were diluted to a final volume 100 μL and stored at -20°C until use. PCR amplifications were performed in a 25 μl final reaction volume containing 2 μL of diluted cDNA, reagents from the Taq core PCR kit (Qiagen) and 12.5 pM of each primer. Primer pairs used to detect transcripts for each NLR gene are listed in Table 6 with their sequences. Cycling conditions for all amplifications consisted of 95°C for 3 min, 35 cycles of 94°C for 30 sec, 55°C for 30 sec and 72°C for 1 min, followed by final extension of 10 min at 72°C. Amplified products were subjected to electrophoresis on a 3% agarose gel and visualized by ethidium bromide staining.
Basic local alignment search tool
The BLAST-like Alignment Tool
Conserved Domain Database
Expressed sequence tag
Hidden Markov model
pattern recognition receptor
The Institute for Genome Research.
List of proteins and protein family names
CARD, Transcription Enhancer, R (purine)-binding, Pyrin, Lots of Leucine Repeats
MHC class II transactivator
Ice protease-activating factor
Major histocompatibility complex
neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein
Nacht Domain-, Leucine-Rich Repeat-, and PYD-Containing Protein
Nuclear factor kappa b
RIP-like-interacting CLARP kinase
List of conserved domain names
caspase recruitment domain
NAIP, CIITA, HET-E (bacterial nucleotide triphosphatase protein) and TP1 (telomerase-associated protein)
nucleotide oligomerization domain
We thank Dr Chris Amemiya for valuable advice. This work was supported by National Science Foundation Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Grant 0453924 (to J.D.H.) and by U.S. Geological Survey base funding. The use of trade, firm or corporation names in this publication is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. Department of Interior or the U.S. Geological Survey of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.
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