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Purification of biotinylated cell surface proteins from Rhipicephalus microplus epithelial gut cells

Karbanowicz, T.P., Lew-Tabor, A. and Rodriguez Valle, M. (2017) Purification of biotinylated cell surface proteins from Rhipicephalus microplus epithelial gut cells. Journal of Visualized Experiments (125).

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Rhipicephalus microplus - the cattle tick - is the most significant ectoparasite in terms of economic impact on livestock as a vector of several pathogens. Efforts have been dedicated to the cattle tick control to diminish its deleterious effects, with focus on the discovery of vaccine candidates, such as BM86, located on the surface of the tick gut epithelial cells. Current research focuses upon the utilization of cDNA and genomic libraries, to screen for other vaccine candidates. The isolation of tick gut cells constitutes an important advantage in investigating the composition of surface proteins upon the tick gut cells membrane. This paper constitutes a novel and feasible method for the isolation of epithelial cells, from the tick gut contents of semi-engorged R. microplus. This protocol utilizes TCEP and EDTA to release the epithelial cells from the subepithelial support tissues and a discontinuous density centrifugation gradient to separate epithelial cells from other cell types. Cell surface proteins were biotinylated and isolated from the tick gut epithelial cells, using streptavidin-linked magnetic beads allowing for downstream applications in FACS or LC-MS/MS-analysis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Comparative Genomics
Publisher: MYJoVE Corporation
Copyright: © Copyright 2018 Medline
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