, Volume 165, Issue 8, pp 622-627

The stress-70 protein family in diplopods: induction and characterization

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To induce stress-70 proteins (hsp70), adults of the millipede Julus scandinavius (Diplopoda) were exposed to leaf litter contaminated with different concentrations of Cd2+ (10, 30, 50 and 60 mg·kg-1 as CdCl2). The expression of hsp70 was investigated by semiquantitative and qualitative biochemical methods. After SDS-gel electrophoresis and Western blotting a subsequent digital image analysis showed that increasing dietary concentrations of Cd2+ resulted in elevated levels of hsp70, which in turn indicated proteotoxic condition. Qualitative results were obtained by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. A stress-70 protein family, similar to that of other arthropods, was detected in Julus scandinavius: at least five different proteins with an approximate molecular weight of 68, 69, 70, 77, and 78 kDa could be distinguished after heat shock as well as after Cd2+ exposure.

Communicated by H. Langer