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Zhang Y.,Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine | Wu S.,Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine | Wang J.,Hebei Entry Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau Technical Center | Wernike K.,Institute of Diagnostic Virology | And 7 more authors.
Protein Expression and Purification | Year: 2013

Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is a novel orthobunyavirus that primarily infects ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats. The nucleocapsid (N) protein of SBV has been shown to be an ideal target antigen for serological detection. To prepare a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against the N protein, the full-length coding sequence of the SBV N gene was cloned into pET-28a-c(+) and pMAL-c5X vectors to generate two recombinant plasmids, which were expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 as histidine (His)-tagged (His-SBV-N) and maltose-binding protein (MBP)-tagged (MBP-SBV-N) fusion proteins, respectively. After affinity purification of His-SBV-N with Ni-NTA agarose and MBP-SBV-N with amylose resin, His-SBV-N was used to immunize BALB/c mice, while MBP-SBV-N was utilized to screen for mAb-secreting hybridomas. Six hybridoma cell lines stably secreting mAbs against N were obtained. Clone 2C8 was selected for further study because of its rapid growth characteristics in vitro and good reactivity with recombinant SBV N proteins in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. The epitope recognized by 2C8 is located at amino acids 51-76 of the SBV N protein. Western blot analyses showed that 2C8 reacts with both recombinant SBV N proteins and SBV isolates. It is also cross-reactive with the N proteins of genetically related Shamonda, Douglas and Akabane viruses, but not with the Rift Valley fever virus N protein. The successful preparation of recombinant N proteins and mAbs provides valuable materials that can be used in the serological diagnosis of SBV. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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