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Cloning eleven midgut trypsin cDNAs and evaluating the interaction of proteinase inhibitors with Cry1Ac against the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Zhu, Yu Cheng, Guo, Zibiao, Abel, Craig
Journal of invertebrate pathology 2012 v.111 no.2 pp. 111-120
Bacillus thuringiensis, Heliothis virescens, complementary DNA, crystal proteins, disulfide bonds, enzyme activity, genes, insecticidal properties, insects, larvae, midgut, pupae, soybeans, substrate specificity, toxicity, trypsin, trypsin inhibitors
Midgut trypsins are associated with Bt protoxin activation and toxin degradation. Proteinase inhibitors have potential insecticidal toxicity against a wide range of insect species. This study was conducted to evaluate the interaction of proteinase inhibitors with Bt toxin and to examine midgut trypsin gene profile of Heliothis virescens. A sublethal dose (15ppb) of Cry1Ac, 0.75% soybean trypsin inhibitor, and 0.1% and 0.2% N-α-tosyl-L-lysine chloromethyl ketone significantly suppressed midgut proteinase activities, and resulted in reductions in larval and pupal size and mass. The treatment with inhibitor+Bt suppressed approximately 65% more larval body mass and 21% more enzymatic activities than the inhibitor-only or Bt-only. Eleven trypsin-like cDNAs were sequenced from the midgut of H. virescens. All trypsins contained three catalytic center residues (H⁷³, D¹⁵³, and S²³¹), substrate specificity determinant residues (D²²⁵, G²⁵⁰, and G²⁶¹), and six cysteines for disulfide bridges. These putative trypsins were separated into three distinct groups, indicating the diverse proteinases evolved in this polyphagous insect. These results indicated that the insecticidal activity of proteinase inhibitors may be used to enhance Bt toxicity and delay resistance development.