Cry1C, one of the lepidopteran-specific insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis, exhibits potent cytotoxicity against Sf9, an insect cell line. Cry1Aa and Cry4A, which are lepidopteran- and dipteran-specific insecticidal proteins, respectively, show no cytotoxicity against Sf9. When domain III of Cry1C was replaced with that of Cry1Aa or Cry4A, the hybrid Cry1C protein retained the cytotoxicity. These results suggest that domain III of Cry1C is not crucial in determining the cytocidal specificity of Cry1C against Sf9.
- Bacillus thuringiensis
- Cry protein
- domain exchange
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology