Expression in Tobacco of a Functional Monoclonal Antibody Specific to Stylet Secretions of the Root-Knot NematodeMolecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (1996)
Genes for the heavy and light protein chains of a monoclonal antibody (6D4) specific to stylet secretions of Meloi-dogyne incognita were cloned as cDNAs containing a native leader sequence. Heavy and light chain constructs under control of the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter were transformed independently into Xanthi tobacco. Transgenic plants producing either heavy or light chain protein were crossed, yielding progeny that produced assembled and functional 6D4 immunoglobulins (plantibodies). Specificity of plantibodies was identical to 6D4 derived from the hybridoma cell line, i.e., both bound to the root-knot nematode esophageal glands and stylet secretions. Based on tissue print analysis, plantibodies were expressed in leaves, stems, roots, and galls. However, plantibody expression had no influence on root-knot nematode parasitism of transgenic plants. Plantibodies possibly accumulate apoplastically whereas nematode stylet secretions might be injected into the cytoplasm of the parasitized cell, precluding plantibody interference with secretion function in parasitism.
Publication DateJuly, 1996
Citation InformationT. J. Baum, A. Hiatt, W. A. Parrott and L. H. Pratt. "Expression in Tobacco of a Functional Monoclonal Antibody Specific to Stylet Secretions of the Root-Knot Nematode" Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions Vol. 9 Iss. 5 (1996) p. 382 - 387
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