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Qian Ren Professor

Research Interests: 
Invertebrate innate immunity; mainly focus on Crustacean and Mollusk innate immunity.

Educational Background

PhD, College of life science, Shandong University (2010)

BA, College of life science, Shanxi Normal University (2005)

Research Projects

1. Regulation of Toll pathway by shrimp white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) microRNAs (31572647) National Natural Science Foundation of China.

2. Nanjing Normal University youth leader talent. 

Journal Articles


    1.Ren Q, Wang C, Jin M, Lan J, Ye T, Hui K, Tan J, Wang Z, Wyckoff GJ, Wang W, Han GZ. Co-option of bacteriophage lysozyme genes by bivalve genomes. Open Biol. 2017       7(1) pii: 160285.

2.Ren Q, Huang X, Cui Y, Sun J, Wang W, Zhang X. Two white spot syndrome virus miRNAs target Dorsal to promote virus infection in shrimp Marsupenaeus japonicus. J Virol. 2017 Feb 8. pii: JVI.02261-16. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02261-16. [Epub ahead of print]

3.Huang Y, Li T, Jin M, Yin S, Hui KM, Ren Q*. Newly identified PcToll4 regulates antimicrobial peptide expression in intestine of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii. Gene. 2017 pii: S0378-1119(17)30106-3. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2017.02.018. [Epub ahead of print]


1.Huang Y, Hui K, Jin M, Yin S, Wang W, Ren Q*. Two endoplasmic reticulum proteins (calnexin and calreticulin) are involved in innate immunity in Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis). Sci Rep. 6:27578.

2.Huang Y, Wang W, Ren Q*. Two host microRNAs influence WSSV replication via STAT gene regulation. Sci Rep. 2016, 6:23643.

3.Huang Y, Jin M, Yin S, Ding Z, Wang W, Ren Q*. Responses of three very large inducible GTPases to bacterial and white spot syndrome virus challenges in the giant fresh water prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2016, 51:77-96.

4.Huang Y, Wang W, Ren Q*. Function of gC1qR in innate immunity of Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis. Dev Comp Immunol. 2016, 61:34-41.

5.Huang X, Li W, Jin M, Ma FT, Huang Y, Shi YR, Zhao LL, Feng JL, Ren Q*, Wang W. Single CRD containing lectin from Macrobrachium rosenbergii (MrLec) participates in innate immunity against pathogen infections. 2016, Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2016 51:282-90.

6.Zhao LL, Jin M, Li XC, Ren Q*, Lan JF. Four C1q domain-containing proteins involved in the innate immune response in Hyriopsis cumingii. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2016 Jun 7. pii: S1050-4648(16)30363-1. doi: 10.1016/j.fsi.2016.06.003. [Epub ahead ofprint]

7.Zhao LL, Wang YQ, Dai YJ, Zhao LJ, Qin Q, Lin L, Ren Q*, Lan JF. A novel C-type lectin with four CRDs is involved in the regulation of antimicrobial peptide gene expression in Hyriopsis cumingii. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2016 Jun 7. pii: S1050-4648(16)30367-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fsi.2016.06.007. [Epub ahead of print]

8.Huang X, Wang W, Ren Q*. Dorsal transcription factor is involved in regulating expression of crustin genes during white spot syndrome virus infection. Dev Comp Immunol. 2016 13;63:18-26.

9.Cao J, Chen Y, JinM, Ren Q*. 2016. Enhanced antimicrobial peptide-induced activity in the mollusc Toll-2 family through evolution via tandem Toll/interleukin-1 receptor. R. Soc. open sci. 3: 160123.

10.Feng J, Huang X, Jin M, Zhang Y, Li T, Hui K, Ren Q*. 2016. A C-type lectin (MrLec) with high expression in intestine is involved in innate immune response of Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 59:345-350.

11.Huang Y, Wang W, Ren Q*. 2016. Identification and function of a novel C1q domain-containing (C1qDC) protein in triangle-shell pearl mussel (Hyriopsis cumingii). Fish Shellfish Immunol. 58:612-621.

12. Huang X, Feng JL, Jin M, Ren Q*, Wang W. 2016. C-type lectin (MrCTL) from the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii participates in innate immunity. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 58:136-144.

13.Feng J, Zhao L, Jin M, Li T, Wu L, Chen Y, Ren Q*. 2016. Toll receptor response to white spot syndrome virus challenge in giant freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). Fish Shellfish Immunol. 57:148-59.

14.Huang X, Ye T, Jin M, Wang W, Hui K, Ren Q*. 2016. Three members of Ras GTPase superfamily are response to white spot syndrome virus challenge in Marsupenaeus japonicus. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 55:623-31.