Leslie S. Indrasith

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A yolk protein, egg-specific protein, synthesized and accumulated in the developing ovaries of Bombyx mori serves not only as the nutritive source for embryogenesis but also for the reorganization of the yolk system through limited degradation. Using the purified egg-specific protein as a substrate, a protease responsible for its limited hydrolysis was(More)
Midgut juices were prepared from Adoxophyes sp., smaller tea tortrix (STT); Bombyx mori, silkworm (SW); Spodoptera litura, common cutworm (CCW); Plutella xylostella, diamondback moth (DBM); and Musca domestica, housefly (HF) and immobilized onto Sepharose 4B. delta-Endotoxins (ICPs) from Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki HD-1 and HD-73 were digested by(More)
The delta-endo toxin proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis which kill the larvae of various scarabaeid beetles such as Anomala cuprea, A. rufocuprea and Popillia japonica were purified by DEAE ion exchange chromatography. A protein with a molecular size of 130 kDa was purified. During the purification a minor peak was also detected which was estimated to be(More)
Binding sites for vitellogenin were solubilized and analyzed either with a filter assay or with ligand blotting. We tested sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), Chaps, octyl-beta-D-glucoside, and sodium deoxycholate and found SDS and sodium deoxycholate to be most effective in solubilizing both high and low molecular weight binding sites. In the filter assay the(More)
Analysis of yolk proteins of the silkworm,Bombyx mori, by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting showed that there was a developmental change in subunit composition of egg-specific protein; egg-specific protein consisting of 72 kDa subunits alone (premature form) was found in vitellogenic follicles, whereas the protein in mature eggs was(More)
1. Brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) were prepared from the Bombyx mori, and Spodoptera litura, midguts. BBMV was solubilized. 2. Activated delta endotoxin from Bacillus thuringiensis were immobilized. 3. Solubilized BBMV proteins were applied to the toxin column and the proteins bound were analyzed by SDS-PAGE. 4. In the case of B. mori M(r) = 220,000,(More)
A yolk protein, egg-specific protein (ESP), of Bombyx mori is sequentially degraded by the ESP-specific protease which appears at the later stages of embryogenesis. In order to find the biological origin of this protease, an in vitro translation was done on RNAs prepared throughout embryogenesis using a rabbit reticulocyte lysate. Among several peptides(More)
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