24 August 2019
In this study, the methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism (MSAP) was used to compare the genomic DNA methylation level of muscle, gill and hepatopancreas of Portunus trituberculatus subjected to salinity 12 for 30 days to illustrate the epigenetic mechanism of osmoregulation. Thirty primers were used to analyze the difference of methylation level of different tissues. The results showed that the baseline methylation level of muscle, hepatopancreas and gill was 47.31%, 22.94% and 17.69%, respectively. After exposed to low salinity stress, the methylation epiloci changed in the three tissues. Both demethylation and methylation processes occurred under low salinity stress. The methylation ratio decreased in muscle and gill but increased in hepatopancreas. These results indicated that DNA methylation is tissue-specific when P. trituberculatus responds to low salinity.