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      Characterization and Comparison of Fumonisin B 1-Protein Conjugates by Six Methods


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          In order to generate an antibody against a small hapten molecule, the hapten is cross-linked with carrier protein to make it immunogenic. In this study, the hapten (Fumonisin B 1, FB 1) was coupled to ovalbumin (OVA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA), respectively by a short cross-linker reagent (glutaraldehyde, GA). To develop a technique for detecting the conjugation, the hapten-protein conjugates (FB 1-OVA and FB 1-BSA) were characterized thoroughly by ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), respectively. The molecular weights of FB 1-BSA and FB 1-OVA were 74,355.301 Da and 48,009.212 Da, respectively determined by the method of MALDI-TOF-MS. The molecular coupling ratios were 11 and 5 in FB 1-BSA and FB 1-OVA, respectively. In this experiment, MALDI-TOF-MS was selected as the most efficient method to evaluate the cross-linking effect and calculate the molecular coupling ratio.

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              Fumonisins are polyketide-derived mycotoxins, produced by several Fusarium species, and its biosynthetic pathway is controlled by the FUM cluster--a group of genes exhibiting a common expression pattern during fumonisin biosynthesis. The most common are the B analogues with fumonisin B(1) (FB(1)) being the most prevalent. At least a part of the inter- and intraspecific variation in FBs synthesis level can be explained by the sequence differences inside FUM cluster. The aim of our study was to evaluate the toxin production and sequence variability in FUM genes and intergenic regions among thirty isolates of seven species reported as potential fumonisins producers: Fusarium anthophilum, Fusarium fujikuroi, Fusarium nygamai, Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium proliferatum, Fusarium subglutinans and Fusarium verticillioides, particularly with respect to FBs synthesis. Fumonisins were produced in high amounts (over 1mg g(-1)) by one isolate of F. subglutinans, three of F. verticillioides and all F. proliferatum isolates except one, regardless of the host organism. The remaining isolates produced low amounts of FBs and two F. verticillioides isolates didn't produce it at all. The lowest variation in amount of toxin produced was found among F. proliferatum isolates. Based on the translation elongation factor 1α (tef-1α) sequence of F. fujikuroi, a species-specific marker was developed. The intergenic region presents similar opportunity for F. nygamai identification. The phylogenetic reconstruction based on FUM1 gene generally reflects the scenario presented by tef-1α sequences. Although the sequence similarities for intergenic regions were lower than in coding regions, there are clearly conserved patterns enabling separation of different subsets of species, including the non-producer species. Copyright © 2010 The British Mycological Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
                22 December 2011
                : 13
                : 1
                : 84-96
                College of Veterinary Medicine, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095, China; E-Mails: wangying0624@ 123456hotmail.com (Y.W.); hechenghua@ 123456njau.edu.cn (C.-H.H.); zebeihao@ 123456yahoo.com.cn (H.Z.)
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                © 2012 by the authors; licensee Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Basel, Switzerland.

                This article is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).


                Molecular biology

                molar ratio, carrier protein, fumonisin b1, conjugated antigen, antibody


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