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- Detection and localization of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) in trypanosomatids using anti-m(3)G antibodies
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
- This work reports for the first time the identification and immunolocalization, by confocal and conventional indirect immunofluorescence, of m(3)G epitopes present in ribonucleoproteins of the following trypanosomatids: Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes of three different strains, Blastocrithidia ssp., and Leishmania major promastigotes. The identity of these epitopes and hence the specificity of the anti-m(3)G monoclonal antibody were ascertained through competition reaction with 7-methylguanosine that blocks the Ig binding sites, abolishing the fluorescence in all the parasites tested and showing a specific perinuclear localization of the snRNPs, which suggests their nuclear reimport in the parasites. Using an immunoprecipitation technique, it was also possible to confirm the presence of the trimethylguanosine epitopes in trypanosomatids.
- Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases. Tokyo: Natl Inst Infectious Diseases, v. 61, n. 2, p. 95-99, 2008.
- Natl Inst Infectious Diseases
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