Author(s): Pinheiro AF, Borsuk S, Berne ME, Pinto Lda S, Andreotti R,
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Abstract Neospora caninum is considerd a major cause of abortion in cattle worldwide. The antigenic domain of NcSRS2 in N. caninum is an important surface antigen present in the membrane of this parasite. In the present study, the Pichia pastoris expression system proved to be a useful tool for the production of recombinant protein. The truncated NcSRS2 gene (by removal of the N-terminal hydrophobic sequence), was cloned in the vector pPICZalphaB, and integrated on the genome of the methylotrophic yeast P. pastoris. Subsequently, the NcSRS2 protein was expressed, purified, and characterized using naturally infected cattle sera and Mab 6xhistag. The recombinant protein NcSRS2 was present in the supernatant of the culture, where later it was concentrated and purified using ammonium sulfate (∼100 mg/ml). An indirect immunoenzymatic assay (ELISA) was performed using cattle sera from endemic N. caninum area.
This article was published in Pathog Glob Health
and referenced in Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination