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Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 1998 Oct;28(10):733-8.

Biosynthesis of Aedes aegypti lipophorin and gene expression of its apolipoproteins.

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Institute of Parasitology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceské Budĕjovice, Czech Republic.


The biosynthesis of lipophorin of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, was investigated. Fat bodies were incubated in vitro with radiolabeled methionine and cysteine, and radiolabeled proteins secreted into the medium were analyzed by density gradient ultracentrifugation, SDS-PAGE and fluorography. Lipophorin was synthesized in the fat body and secreted into the medium. Its density was 1.114 g/ml, similar to that of lipophorin circulating in hemolymph. Three peptides of a tryptic digest of apolipophorin II were sequenced and degenerate oligonucleotide primers were designed based on the amino acid sequences. With these primers, a cDNA product of 1.2 kb was amplified by RT-PCR using as template RNA extracted from adult female mosquitoes 24 h after ingestion of a blood meal. This cDNA was cloned, sequenced and used as a probe for Northern blot analysis, which revealed that the apoproteins of lipophorin were coded for by a single mRNA of approximately 10 kb. The expression of the apolipophorins was induced by blood feeding. From the data presented we concluded that Aedes aegypti lipophorin is synthesized in the fat body and that the expression of its apolipophorins is induced by blood feeding.

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