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Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2001  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 8  |  Page No.: 782 - 784

The Receptor for Bacillus Thuringiensis Cry 1Ac Delta-endotoxin in the Brush Border Membrane of the Lepidopteran Helicoverpa armigera is Aminopeptidase N

Kausar Malik, Tariq Mahmood and S. Riazuddin

Abstract

120 Kda and 70 Kda protein in the larval midgut membrane of the lepidopteran Helicoverpa armigera identified as putative receptor for Bt Cry 1Ac delta-endotoxin .Receptor proteins have been purified by a combination of gel-filtration and anion exchange chromatography .In ligand-blotting experiment ,the purified protein has binding capacity with Cry 1Ac and Cry 1Ab but not to Cry 2A .N-terminal sequence obtained from the protein show no homology to already existing sequences .When assayed for amino-peptidase and alkaline phosphatase activities , purified receptors preparations were enriched 2.5 fold in amino-peptidase activity compare to Helicoverpa-armigera brush border membrane vesicles . The 70 Kda protein seems to be the part of 120 Kda receptor protein.

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