Overexpression and self-assembly of virus-like particles in Nicotiana benthamiana by a single-vector DNA replicon system
Peroxidase-bound protein A and lectins in combination with precipitable substrates were used to detect viral proteins and glycoproteins on 'Western blots'. The sensitivity of various methods was compared, including radioiodinated protein A, enzyme immunosorbent assay and peroxidase staining with DAP. The sensitivity of the peroxidase reaction, its rapidity and low cost compared with other methods make this a useful choice for developing protein bands transferred to nitrocellulose paper. In addition, a procedure was devised to clarify and fix nitrocellulose sheets for direct quantification of the precipitated substrate by densitometric analysis.