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Identification of common immunodominant antigens of Eimeria tenella, Eimeria acervulina and Eimeria maxima by immunoproteomic analysis

Lianrui Liu, Xinmei Huang, Jianhua Liu, Wenyu Li, Yihong Ji, Di Tian, Lu Tian, Xinchao Yang, Lixin Xu, Ruofeng Yan, Xiangrui Li and Xiaokai Song _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:34935-34945. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16824

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Lianrui Liu1,*, Xinmei Huang1,2,*, Jianhua Liu1, Wenyu Li1, Yihong Ji1, Di Tian1, Lu Tian1, Xinchao Yang1, Lixin Xu1, Ruofeng Yan1, Xiangrui Li1, Xiaokai Song1

1College of Veterinary Medicine, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China

2Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Science, Nanjing 210014, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Xiaokai Song, email: songxiaokai@njau.edu.cn

Keywords: Eimeria, sporozoites, common immunodominant antigens, immunoproteomics

Received: January 25, 2017     Accepted: March 24, 2017     Published: April 04, 2017


Clinical chicken coccidiosis is mostly caused by simultaneous infection of several Eimeria species, and host immunity against Eimeria is species-specific. It is urgent to identify common immunodominant antigen of Eimeria for developing multivalent anticoccidial vaccines. In this study, sporozoite proteins of Eimeria tenella, Eimeria acervulina and Eimeria maxima were analyzed by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE). Western bot analysis was performed on the yielded 2DE gel using antisera of E. tenella E. acervulina and E. maxima respectively. Next, the detected immunodominant spots were identified by comparing the data from MALDI-TOF-MS/MS with available databases. Finally, Eimeria common antigens were identified by comparing amino acid sequence between the three Eimeria species. The results showed that analysis by 2DE of sporozoite proteins detected 629, 626 and 632 protein spots from E. tenella, E. acervulina and E. maxima respectively. Western bot analysis revealed 50 (E. tenella), 64 (E. acervulina) and 57 (E. maxima) immunodominant spots from the sporozoite 2DE gels of the three Eimeria species. The immunodominant spots were identified as 33, 27 and 25 immunodominant antigens of E. tenella, E. acervulina and E. maxima respectively. Fifty-four immunodominant proteins were identified as 18 ortholog proteins among the three Eimeria species. Finally, 5 of the 18 ortholog proteins were identified as common immunodominant antigens including elongation factor 2 (EF-2), 14-3-3 protein, ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme domain-containing protein (UCE) and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). In conclusion, our results not only provide Eimeria sporozoite immunodominant antigen map and additional immunodominant antigens, but also common immunodominant antigens for developing multivalent anticoccidial vaccines.

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