Expression of bonnet monkey (Macaca radiata) zona pellucida-3 (ZP3) in a prokaryotic system and its immunogenicity

Kaul, Renuka ; Afzalpurkar, Abhijit ; Gupta, Satish K. (1997) Expression of bonnet monkey (Macaca radiata) zona pellucida-3 (ZP3) in a prokaryotic system and its immunogenicity Molecular Reproduction and Development, 47 (2). pp. 140-147. ISSN 1040-452X

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An internal fragment (978 bp) corresponding to the bonnet monkey (Macaca radiata) ZP3, excluding the N-terminus signal sequence and the C-terminus transmembrane-like domain, was amplified by PCR from a full-length cDNA clone. The amplified Bam HI and Sacl restricted fragment was cloned in frama downstream of the T5 promoter under lac operator control for expression in the pQE-30 vector. Recombinant ZP3 (r-ZP3) was expressed as a poly-histidine fusion protein in E. coli strains SG13009[pREP4] and BL-21(DE3). Immunoblot with a murine monoclonal antibody, MA-451 (raised against porcine ZP3β—a homologue of bonnet ZP3, and cross-reactive with bonnet zona pellucida) revealed a predominant band of 50 kDa besides degraded fragments. Optimum expression of r-ZP3 was observed at 0.5 mM IPTG. Antisera generated in monkeys against synthetic peptides from the N-(23-45 aa residues) and C-(300–322 and 324-347 aa residues) termini of the deduced bonnet monkey precursor ZP3 sequence reacted with the r-ZP3 protein in ELISA. The r-ZP3 expressed in SG13009[pREP4] was purified on Ni-NTA resin under denaturing conditions and conjugated with diphtheria toxoid (DT). Immunization of a female rabbit and six female bonnet monkeys with the r-ZP3-DT conjugate generated antibodies reactive with r-ZP3 in ELISA. Rabbit r-ZP3 antiserum reacted with porcine ZP3β and bonnet r-ZP3 but failed to react with porcine ZP3α in a Western blot. Moreover, antisera when tested by indirect immunofluorescence on bonnet monkey ovarian sections, showed positive fluorescence with zona pellucida. The availability of r-ZP3 will further help in evaluating its efficacy for fertility regulation and understanding the autoimmune oophoritis associated with ZP3 immunization in nonhuman primates.

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Keywords:Recombinant Zona Pellucida 3; Synthetic Peptides; Active Immunization; Immunofluorescence; Immunoblot
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