Meretrix meretrix is one of the important commercial bivalves in China. A total of 198 individual clams were collected from 5 locations characteristic of the clam’s 5 main natural habitats in China, that is, Shandong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong, and Guangxi. Ten polymorphic microsatellite markers were selected to examine the genetic diversity and identify genetic differences between the 5 populations. A total of 183 alleles across 10 loci were detected in the individual clams.
Pattern recognition molecules play an important role in innate immunity by recognizing conserved molecular patterns that are present on the surface of invading microorganisms. In this study, a lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan binding protein (LGBP) gene was cloned from the hard clam Meretrix meretrix (designated as Mm-LGBP) by the expressed sequence tags and rapid amplification of cDNA ends method.