Isoelectric Focusing of the Hemolymph Proteins of the Silkworm, Bombyx mori

  • Staykova, Teodora (Department of Genetics, Plovdiv University) ;
  • Popov, Petar (Plovdiv University, Department of Genetics) ;
  • Grekov, Dimitar (Agricultural University Plovdiv, Department of Animal Husbandry) ;
  • Terzieva, Petia (Research Institute of Fisheries, Laboratory of Biochemical and Population Genetics)
  • Published : 2004.03.01

Abstract

Soluble proteins of silkworm hemolymph were investigated by means of isoelectric focusing (IEF). The protein spectra during ontogenesis of races and inter-races hybrids kept in Bulgaria was studied. A total of 51 protein bands in the hemolymph from fourth larval instar to imago were ascertained. Stage specific expression was established. The specific expression of some protein bands in the individual spectra manifest phenotype of gene determinate polymorphism (HP F, HP J, HP K, HP L, HP Q - in the zone with pH gradient 3.5-6.2 and HP K, HP L, HP N, HP P, HP T - in the zone with pH gradient 9.5 - 6.2). Breed specific expression was observed. On the basis of the obtained results, it was established that the investigated breeds are heterogeneous and the isoelectric focusing method is successful when specifying the inner-race and inter-race polymorphism in silkworm.

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