The insect steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone initiates a cascade of regulatory events in a temporal and tissue-specific manner by first binding to a complex of an ecdysone receptor (EcR) protein and a ultraspiracle protein. Using an antisense (As) ribonucleic acid approach, we show that disruption of EcR expression in transfected C7-10 cells from the mosquito Aedes albopictus affects survival and growth. From stably transfected cells, we recovered a new isoform of A. albopictus AalEcRa, which is named AalEcRb. The deduced amino acid sequence of AalEcRb was almost identical to that of AalEcRa, with the exception of a seven amino acid sequence near the C-terminus. Using polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction enzyme analysis, we found that AalEcRa is the predominant species expressed by wild-type C7-10 cells, while cells transfected with As-EcR expressed both isoforms at approximately equal levels.
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Vol. 37 • No. 8