The Anopheles merus (Diptera, Nematocera, Culicoidea) α-amylase gene (AmerAmy, GenBank Accession Number U01210) was amplified with its own or with the Zabrotes subfasciatus α-amylase signal peptide (ZsAmerAmy, GenBank Accession Number AY270183) by PCR, using designed primers. The AmerAmy gene was sequenced from its promotor to the TGA codon. As a positive control, the Z. subfasciatus α-amylase gene with its own signal peptide (ZsAmy, GenBank Accession Number AF255722) was also amplified by PCR. These three sequences were inserted into the baculovirus genome using the Bac-to-Bac™ system. Recombinant baculovirus preparations were used to infect Sf9 Spodoptera frugiperda insect cells. The A. merus α-amylase was successfully expressed as an active enzyme detected mainly in cell culture supernatants.
- Alpha amylase
- Anopheles merus
- Baculovirus/Spodoptera frugiperda