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Biotechnol Lett. 2004 Jun;26(11):869-73.

Method for purifying porcine mature interleukin-18 from silkworm haemolymph.

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Katakura Industries Co., Ltd., 1548 Shimo-okutomi, Sayama, Saitama 350-1332, Japan.


Recombinant porcine mature interleukin-18 (rPomIL-18) has been purified from the haemolymph of silkworms. After co-infection of two recombinant baculoviruses (BmAcpVL1392-IL-18-His and BmAcpVL1392-casp-1) into the silkworm, rPomIL-18 was produced and secreted into the haemolymph. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000 was added to the haemolymph at 8% (v/w) to precipitate storage proteins which would otherwise bind non-specifically to the metal chelating column and the supernatant then was applied to Sepharose bonded with Ni2+. rPomIL-18 was eluted from the column using 100 mM imidazole buffer at pH 8 with a purity of 93.6%. Approximately 5.3 mg purified rPomIL-18 was obtained from 22 ml haemolymph. It could induce interferon-gamma formation from porcine peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

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