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      Molecular cloning and expression of hosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase dominant epitope in Leishmania infantum

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          Objective Based on the (phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, PEPCK) dominant epitopes gene of Leishmania infantum that has been analyzed and selected, we construct the corresponding recombinant prokaryotic expression vector to obtain the recombinant protein, construct the corresponding recombinant eukaryotic expression vector and verify the expression of eukaryotic vector in NIH3T3 cells, which laid the foundation for the subsequent vaccination and infection of animal experiment.

          Methods Based on the PEPCK dominant epitopes gene sequence, the recombinant prokaryotic and eukaryotic expression plasmid pET32a- PEPCK and pVAX1- EPEPCK were constructed by PCR reaction and enzyme reaction and were respectively transfected into E. coli and NIH3T3 cells of mice for expression. The expression of prokaryotic recombinant plasmid and the prokaryotic expressed protein purified by HisTrap affinity column were detected through SDS-PAGE and Western-Blot, and the expression of pVAX1-E PEPCK was verified by immunofluorescence.

          Results The correct sequencing results of the recombinant prokaryotic and eukaryotic vectors showed that the construction of recombinant vectors was successful. The positive results of 48.08 kD of recombinant protein were detected in SDS-PAGE and Western Blot, and immunofluorescence results of NIH3T3 cells transfected with eukaryotic recombinant vectors showed positive results.

          Conclusion We successfully constructed the recombinant prokaryotic and eukaryotic expression vectors: pET32a- PEPCK and pVAX1-E PEPCK, successfully got the recombinant proteins that followed by proteinic purification and confirmed the expression of pVAX1-E PEPCK in NIH3T3 cells, which is the basis for experiments where animals are vaccinated with a DNA prime-protein boost vaccines.


          摘要:目的 基于前期分析并选取的婴儿利什曼原虫 PEPCK 的优势表位基因, 构建相应重组原核表达载体以获得 重组蛋白, 构建相应重组真核表达载体并验证真核载体在 NIH3T3 细胞中的表达, 为后续动物的免疫和感染实验备下 基础。 方法 根据 PEPCK 优势表位基因序列, 经 PCR 反应及酶切连接构建重组原核与真核表达质粒 pET32a- PEPCK 和 pVAX1-E PEPCK 并分别转染至 E. coli 和 NIH3T3 细胞中进行表达。采用 SDS-PAGE 电泳和 Western Blot 鉴定原核重 组质粒在大肠杆菌中的表达和原核表达蛋白被镍柱纯化后的情况, 采用免疫荧光实验验证真核重组质粒在细胞中的 表达。 结果 重组原核与真核载体的正确测序结果表明重组载体构建成功。SDS-PAGE 电泳和 Western Blot 的结果 显示, 大肠杆菌中表达的原核重组蛋白以及纯化后的蛋白在 48.08 kD 处存在条带, 转染了真核重组载体的 NIH3T3 细胞 的免疫荧光结果呈阳性。 结论 成功构建了 PEPCK 优势表位基因的重组原核和真核表达载体: pET32a- PEPCK 和 pVAX1-E PEPCK, 成功表达相应的重组蛋白并纯化并验证了 pVAX1-E PEPCK 在 NIH3T3 细胞中的表达, 为后续 DNA 疫苗初次免疫和蛋白疫苗加强免疫的动物实验备下基础。

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          China Tropical Medicine
          China Tropical Medicine (China )
          01 November 2020
          01 November 2020
          : 20
          : 11
          : 1025-1030
          1West China School of Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China
          2West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China
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          *Corresponding author: CHEN Dali, E-mail: cdl1978119@
          © 2020 Editorial Department of China Tropical Medicine

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