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J Nematol. 1986 Jul;18(3):294-302.

Cuticular Collagenous Proteins of Second-stage Juveniles and Adult Females of Meloidogyne incognita: Isolation and Partial Characterization.


Cuticles isolated from second-stage juveniles and adult females of Meloidogyne incognita were purified by treatment with 1% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The juvenile cuticle was composed of three zones differing in their solubility in beta-mercaptoethanol (BME). Proteins in the cortical and median zones were partially soluble in BME, whereas the basal zone was the least soluble. The BME-soluble proteins from the juvenile cuticle were separated into 12 bands by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and characterized as collagenous proteins based on their sensitivity to collagenase and amino acid composition. The adult cuticle consisted of two zones which were dissolved extensively by BME. The basal zone was completely solubilized, leaving behind a network of fibers corresponding to the cortical zone. The BME-soluble proteins from the adult cuticle were separated by electrophoresis into nine bands one of which constituted > 55% of the total BME-soluble proteins. All bands were characterized as collagenous proteins. Collagenous proteins from juvenile cuticles also contained glycoproteins which were absent from the adult cuticles.


Meloidogyne incognita; biochemistry; collagens; cuticle; electrophoresis; root-knot nematode

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