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Vol 45(2011) N 6 p. 872-878;
Y.B. Song, T.T. Huang, L.L. Lai, J. Zhou, W.Y. Yang, J.H. Zhang

Expression of Anti-Neuroexcitation Peptide III of Scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch BmK ANEP III in Plants

School of Life Science and Biopharmaceutics, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, 110016, Liaoning Province, China

*songyongbo@syphu.edu.cn
Received - 2010-08-09; Accepted - 2010-10-25

Anti-neuroexcitation peptide III of Buthus martensii Karsch (BmK ANEP III) has better anti-epileptic and anticonvulsive effects in the test animal models. The present study is aimed at developing transgenic tomato and tobacco lines overproducing the ANEP III protein. Using the molecular cloning technique, the plant expression vector pBI-ANEP III was constructed successfully. The ANEP III expression cassette included a double CaMV 35S promoter with Ω enhancers, the ANEP III gene with the Kozak sequence, the ER retention signal and the NOS terminator. Recombinant plasmids were transferred into Agrobacterium tumefaciens EHA105 by freeze-thaw transformation methods. By the Agrobacterium-mediated leaf disc transformation method, tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) and tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum) lines were transformed. Transformants were screened and confirmed by PCR, RT-PCR and western blotting analysis. It was demonstrated that the ANEP III gene was successfully expressed in the genomic DNA of transgenic plants. The ANEP III protein was detected by immunofluorescence analysis, and the results confirmed the high amount of ANEP III protein, being 0.81 and 1.08% of total soluble proteins in transgenic tobacco and tomato. The study of plants with high expression levels of ANEP III has an important theoretical and practical significance and provides valuable information for establishing a new, economical and effective system for industrial protein production.

anti-neuroexcitation peptide, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Buthus martensii Karsch, ER retention signal, plant expression vector, plant transformation



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