Juvenile hormone esterase (JHE) from Tenebrio molitor: Full-length cDNA sequence, in vitro expression, and characterization of the recombinant protein

A. C. Hinton, B. D. Hammock

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Abstract

Juvenile hormone regulates the development and reproduction in a variety of insects. Juvenile hormone esterase (JHE) is a selective enzyme, which hydrolyzes the methyl ester of JH and alters its activity. In Tenebrio molitor, JHE has been previously purified from pupae and a partial cDNA was amplified by RT-PCR using fat body mRNA. The previous report indicated that several forms of the JHE protein were present in pupal homogenate. In this study, we report the full-length cDNA, which was obtained by RACE methods. The deduced protein sequence corresponds to peptides from two proteins of different molecular weights in the previous study. The coding region of the full-length cDNA was subcloned into the AcMNPV genome and high levels of expression of the JHE enzyme from the viral p10 promoter were demonstrated in cell culture. The majority of JHE is secreted from the cells as a soluble enzyme. The recombinant JHE enzyme was biochemically characterized. The recombinant protein appears by PAGE analysis as a monomer of approximately the same MW (66,000) and pI (4.9) as was expected from the deduced amino acid sequence of the cDNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-487
Number of pages11
JournalInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

Keywords

  • Baculovirus
  • cDNA
  • Esterase
  • Juvenile hormone
  • Protein expression
  • Tenebrio molitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Biochemistry

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