Molecular cloning of a gene encoding matrix metalloproteinase-like protein from Gnathostoma spinigerum
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The advanced third-stage larvae (aL3) of Gnathostoma spinigerum contain a 24 kDa glycoprotein with diagnostic potential. Immunoscreening with the monoclonal antibody to the 24-kDa protein (mAb GN6/24) has identified a cDNA clone with an insert of 932 base pairs (bp). The insert contains a full-length gene of 732 bp encoding a protein that is 33–39% similar to matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) of Caenorhabditis elegans and several lower and higher vertebrates. The MMP-like protein of G. spinigerum possesses the catalytic domain, but lacks the propeptide and hemopexin-like domains found in other MMPs. A signal peptide of 23 amino acids at its amino terminus indicates that it is a secretory protein, which is confirmed by Western blot analysis showing the presence of the 24 kDa protein in the excretory–secretory products of aL3.
KeywordsPeptide Western Blot Analysis Signal Peptide Matrix Metalloproteinases cDNA Clone
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