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Molecular Characterization of Mosquitocidal Toxin (Surface Layer Protein, SLP) from Bacillus cereus VCRC B540

Mani, Chinnasamy, Selvakumari, Jeyaperumal, Han, YeonSoo, Jo, YongHun, Thirugnanasambantham, Krishnaraj, Sundarapandian, Somaiah, Poopathi, Subbiah
Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 2018 v.184 no.4 pp. 1094-1105
Bacillus cereus, Culicidae, DNA, Escherichia coli, Lutjanus, Western blotting, amino acids, digestive system, fish, genes, insecticidal properties, isoelectric point, larvicides, molecular weight, nucleotides, open reading frames, phylogeny, plasmid vectors, polymerase chain reaction, polypeptides, signal peptide
A marine Bacillus cereus (VCRC B540) with mosquitocidal effect was recently reported from red snapper fish (Lutjanus sanguineous) gut and surface layer protein (S-layer protein, SLP) was reported to be mosquito larvicidal factor. In this present study, the gene encoding the surface layer protein was amplified from the genomic DNA and functionally characterized. Amplification of SLP-encoding gene revealed 1,518 bp PCR product, and analysis of the sequence revealed the presence of 1482 bp open reading frame with coding capacity for a polypeptide of 493 amino acids. Phylogenetic analysis revealed with homology among closely related Bacillus cereus groups of organisms as well as Bacillus strains. Removal of nucleotides encoding signaling peptide revealed the functional cloning fragment of length 1398 bp. Theoretical molecular weight (51.7 kDa) and isoelectric point (5.99) of the deduced functional SLP protein were predicted using ProtParam. The amplified PCR product was cloned into a plasmid vector (pGEM-T), and the open reading frame free off signaling peptide was subsequently cloned inpET-28a(+) and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). The isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG)-induced recombinant SLP was confirmed using western blotting, and functional SLP revealed mosquito larvicidal property. Therefore, the major findings revealed that SLP is a factor responsible for mosquitocidal activity, and the molecular characterization of this toxin was extensively studied.