By use of a monoclonal antibody directed against purified lectin from the sponge Geodia cydonium it was demonstrated that the mucocysts of Tetrahymena pyriformis contain a substance immunologically similar to that found in G. cydonium. In extracts of T. pyriformis the monoclonal antibody recognizes a 36 kDa protein; binding could be abolished by adsorption of the antibody with (i) erode extract, (ii) purified lectin from G. cydonium and (iii) a 29 aa long peptide. In addition the data show that 10-6 M of insulin causes first the release of mucocyst material, which reacts with the lectin antibody, and second its subsequent redistribution on the surface of the somatic cilia and the oral field.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1997|
- Mucocyst discharge
- Tetrahymena pyriformis
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