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The antigenic sites of trichosanthin, a ribosome-inactivating protein with multiple pharmacological properties.


Life Sci. 1997;61(23):2291-303. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Trichosanthin (TCS) fragments were produced by Tn1000 deletion mutagenesis and by cyanogen bromide (CNBr) cleavage and their immunoreactivity was examined by incubating with various antibodies. Twelve C-terminally truncated TCS variants were successfully synthesized under the control of a T7 RNA driven promoter. The smallest antigenic fragment mapped corresponded to the N-terminal 20 amino acids (aa). Six CNBr fragments of TCS were created and identified by electrospray mass spectrometry and N-terminal sequencing. Three antigenic fragments corresponding to aa 1-72, 101-152 and 153-246, respectively were mapped. Fragments corresponding to aa 1-72 and 153-246 were immunoreactive to the same monoclonal antibody showing they are components of a discontinuous epitope. On the other hand, the fragment containing aa 73-100 was not detected by any of the antibodies used.



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