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cDNA Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Musca domestica Antifungal Peptide-1 (MAF-1)

 FU  Ping,   Tun-Jian-Wei,   Guo-Guan   

  1. Department of Parasitology, Guiyang Medical College, Guiyang 550004, China
  • Online:2011-08-30 Published:2012-09-27

Abstract: Objective   To clone the cDNA sequence of Musca domestica antifungal peptide-1 (MAF-1) and analyze the amino acid sequence of MAF-1 by bioinformatics method.  Methods   Based on the primer designed according to the N-terminal amino acid sequence of MAF-1, the cDNA and amino sequence of MAF-1 were obtained by the methods of RACE and NestPCR. The accuracy of the experiment was confirmed by RT-PCR. The characteristic of the sequence was analyzed by bioinformatics software.   Results   The length of the cDNA sequence of MAF-1 was 568 bp by 3′RACE, including an open reading frame (ORF) of 441 bp length and 3′UTR of 127 bp. It was a novel sequence with the submission number of HM178948 in GenBank since none homology was found when compared with other sequences by Blast. Added with the 9 amino acids that were not used to design primer, the whole sequence of MAF-1 was 156 amino acids conferred from its cDNA. 139 bp cDNA sequence was obtained by 5′RACE and the result was consistent to 3′RACE. The result of RT-PCR showed the cDNA of MAF-1 mature peptide was accurate. The bioinformatics analysis deduced that the theoretic molecular weight and isoelectric point of the whole protein sequence of MAF-1 gene were similar to those detected. The ExPASy illustrated that the MAF-1 gene had a signal peptide. There were abundant α-helix in it, the domain located between the 128 and 153 amino acid residuals. Subcellular analysis showed MAF-1 was almost in the nucleus. PredictProtein found two protein kinase C phosphalation sites and one N-myri-stoylation site, and predicted that it was not a globular protein. In the end, the three dimension image of MAF-1 was set up with 3D-pssm of ExPASy.  Conclusion  The cDNA sequence and the amino acid sequence of MAF-1 have been obtained and analyzed successfully.

Key words: Musca domestica, Antifungal peptide, RACE, cDNA, Bioinformatics