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1 June 2005 Potential Novel Epitopes in the Extracellular Products of Oyster Homogenate-Supplemented Perkinsus marinus Cells Are Not Detected by Subtractive Immunization
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The extracellular products (ECPs) of the oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus have been posed to contain virulence factors, including serine proteases. Supplementation of P. marinus cultures with oyster homogenates enhances infectivity and changes the ECP composition. Therefore, subtractive immunization was used to attempt creation of antibodies to proteins unique to ECPs produced following parasite exposure to oyster homogenates. While control mice remained competent to respond to an unrelated antigen, no serum titers against novel ECP epitopes were detected in experimental mice. Attempts to create discriminatory hybridomas resulted in no clones with anti-ECP specificity. These findings suggest that, because no unique epitopes can be found within ECPs generated following exposure of P. marinus to host homogenates, the changes to ECPs are greatly constrained.
Christopher G. Earnhart and Stephen L. Kaattari "Potential Novel Epitopes in the Extracellular Products of Oyster Homogenate-Supplemented Perkinsus marinus Cells Are Not Detected by Subtractive Immunization," Journal of Parasitology 91(3), (1 June 2005). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-3427RN
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