Biochemical characterization of a Kunitz type inhibitor similar to dendrotoxins produced by Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae) hemocytes

Biochemical characterization of a Kunitz type inhibitor similar to dendrotoxins produced by Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae) hemocytes

Author Lima, Cassia A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Torquato, Ricardo J. S. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sasaki, Sergio D. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Justo, Giselle Z. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tanaka, Aparecida S. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
Abstract A novel chymotrypsin inhibitor identified in fat body and hemocyte cDNA libraries of Boophilus microplus was named BmCI (B. microplus Chymotrypsin Inhibitor) (Genbank EU636772). the putative BmCI amino acid sequence presented a 22-residue-signal peptide and 58-residue-mature protein. BmCI amino acid sequence analysis allowed its classification as a Kunitz-BPTI inhibitor with six cysteine residues, a theoretical pI of 7.8, and the presence of Tyr at P1 position in the putative reactive site, suggesting inhibitory activity toward chymotrypsin. in this work, we reported the biochemical characterization of BmCI. the recombinant BmCI expressed in yeast Pichia pastoris was purified by size exclusion and reverse phase chromatographies. rBmCI expression yield was of I mg L-1 of culture. Purified rBmCI confirmed its chymotrypsin inhibitory activity with a low K-i (6.2 pM). the BmCI gene expression analysis by semi-quantitative RT-PCR indicated its transcription in the hemocytes, salivary gland and ovary. the cytotoxic activity of purified rBmCI was demonstrated in BALB/c 3T3 mouse fibroblasts. As assessed by the MTT reduction assay, rBMCI induced a dose-dependent decrease in 3T3 fibroblasts viability (IC50 = 8 mu M). Moreover, flow cytometry analysis revealed that rBmCI is able to induce apoptosis, whereas no effect was observed on cell cycle progression. in conclusion, we demonstrated that rBmCI is cytotoxic against mammalian cells and obtained evidence that this growth inhibition is caused by an apoptosis-inducing activity. (C) 2009 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Keywords Kunitz-BPTI domain
Chymotrypsin inhibitor
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Grant number FAPESP: 05/03514-9
FAPESP: 06/52206-8
Date 2010-02-10
Published in Veterinary Parasitology. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 167, n. 2-4, p. 279-287, 2010.
ISSN 0304-4017 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 279-287
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000274942600021

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