• Xu J, Liu X, Wu S, Sui C, Wei J. (2018) Polyclonal antibody preparation of BcbZIP134 for transcriptional regulation analysis on saikosaponin biosynthesis. Chinese Herbal Medicines [Epub ahead of print].

Objective We are trying to verify how a transcription factor BcbZIP134 regulates the synthesis of saikosaponin using specific antibody. However, it is hard to obtain this soluble protein expressed in vitro, a prerequisite for antibody preparation. So we explored a condition in which the soluble protein can efficiently express followed by preparation of the specific polyclonal antibody. Methods Firstly, the cDNA of BcbZIP134 from Bupleurum chinense was expressed in Transetta (DE3) E. coli. Different concentrations of IPTG (0.05 and 0.5¯mmol/L) and different culture temperatures (16 and 37 °C) were explored for efficient expression of target protein. Then, the expressed protein with His Tag was purified using Ni Sepharose 6 Fast Flow. Different concentrations of imidazole elution (15, 60, and 300Objective

We are trying to verify how a transcription factor BcbZIP134 regulates the synthesis of saikosaponin using specific antibody. However, it is hard to obtain this soluble protein expressed in vitro, a prerequisite for antibody preparation. So we explored a condition in which the soluble protein can efficiently express followed by preparation of the specific polyclonal antibody.
Methods

Firstly, the cDNA of BcbZIP134 from Bupleurum chinense was expressed in Transetta (DE3) E. coli. Different concentrations of IPTG (0.05 and 0.5 mmol/L) and different culture temperatures (16 and 37 °C) were explored for efficient expression of target protein. Then, the expressed protein with His Tag was purified using Ni Sepharose 6 Fast Flow. Different concentrations of imidazole elution (15, 60, and 300 mmol/L) were used to elute the target protein. The purified protein of BcbZIP134 was used to immunize rabbits. Using the purified polyclonal antibody, the expression of BcbZIP134 in transgenic B. chinense hairy root lines was analyzed by Western blot assays.
Results

Under the conditions, IPTG 0.5 mmol/L, 16 °C, and overnight, recombinant protein of BcbZIP134 was obtained in high content using pEASY®-Blunt E1 vector and Transetta (DE3) E. coli. Anti-serum against BcbZIP134 was obtained with a high titer of 1: 51 200 after immunization in rabbits. The polyclonal antibody could react with BcbZIP134 overexpressed in transgenic B. chinense hairy root lines.
Conclusion

An efficient protein expression system in E. coli was constructed and the soluble recombinant protein for BcbZIP134 was obtained. By using this protein, the specific and high-performance polyclonal antibody was prepared. Furthermore, by using BcbZIP134 overexpressed hairy roots, the availability of the polyclonal antibody was verified by Western Blotting.
mmol/L) were used to elute the target protein. The purified protein of BcbZIP134 was used to immunize rabbits. Using the purified polyclonal antibody, the expression of BcbZIP134 in transgenic B. chinense hairy root lines was analyzed by Western blot assays. Results Under the conditions, IPTG 0.5 mmol/L, 16 °C, and overnight, recombinant protein of BcbZIP134 was obtained in high content using pEASY®-Blunt E1 vector and Transetta (DE3) E. coli. Anti-serum against BcbZIP134 was obtained with a high titer of 1: 51 200 after immunization in rabbits. The polyclonal antibody could react with BcbZIP134 overexpressed in transgenic B. chinense hairy root lines. Conclusion An efficient protein expression system in E. coli was constructed and the soluble recombinant protein for BcbZIP134 was obtained. By using this protein, the specific and high-performance polyclonal antibody was prepared. Furthermore, by using BcbZIP134 overexpressed hairy roots, the availability of the polyclonal antibody was verified by Western Blotting.

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