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[Cloning, expression and immunologic identification of C31B8.8 gene of Caenorhabditis elegans].

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  • 1Deparntment of Parasitology, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To clone and express C31B8.8 gene of wild-type Caenorhabditis elegans, and study the immunological characteristic of the recombinant protein.

METHODS:

Total RNA was extracted from cultivated C. elegans and reversely transcribed into cDNA. C31B8.8 gene was amplified by PCR and cloned into pMD-18T vector for sequencing. The accurate sequence was subcloned into the expression vector pET-30a with (His) 6-tag. The recombinant plasmid was transformed into E. coli BL21 and followed by expression of the protein induced by IPTG. The recombinant protein was identified by using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) and Western blotting 10 BALB/c mice were randomly divided into C31B.8-immunized group and PBS + adjuvant group Mice in C31B8.8-immunized group were immunized with 40 microg of purified C31B8.8 antigen formulated in Freund's adjuvant Mice in PBS + adjuvant group received only adjuvant emulsified with PBS. All the mice received four immunizations every week with the same dose of antigen. Serum samples were collected at pre-immunization and certain time after immunization and the antibody titer was analyzed by ELISA. The recombinant C31B8.8 protein and soluble components of Angiostrongylus cantonensis fourth-stage larvae were identified by Western blotting.

RESULTS:

The constructed recombinant plasmids were identified by enzyme digestion and DNA sequencing. MALDI-TOF-MS and Western blotting analysis showed that the recombinant C31B8.8 protein was the target protein. Compared with PBS + adjuvant group, mice immunized with purified protein C31B8.8 produced higher level of IgG. The anti-C31B8.8 serum recognized recombinant C31B8.8 protein, and reacted with soluble antigens of A. cantonensis fourth-stage larvae.

CONCLUSION:

C elegans C31B8 gene shows certain immunogenicity and immunoreactivity, and the soluble antigens of A. cantonensis fourth-stage larvae can react with anti-C31B8.8 serum.

PMID:
21972593
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