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Production of a Monoclonal Antibody Specific for Citrus Tristeza Virus

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In this work Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV) was purified from the bark and midrib tissue of infected plants by pulverization of frozen tissue samples in a mortar with extraction buffer, with polyethylene glycol (PEG), and by sucrose gradient centrifugation. In an alternative purification method, CTV was purified by Sephacryl 300 column chromatography after precipitation by PEG. A hybridoma line secreting monoclonal antibody (MAb) highly specific for the CTV was generated by fusion of splenic lymphocytes of immunized BALB/c mice with non-secreting mouse myeloma cells followed by selection in hypoxanthine-aminopterin-thymidine (HAT) medium, and finally, by screening culture fluids for CTV affinity in ELISA. The MAb produced by the CTV-IG8 hybridoma clone was highly specific to CTV and did not react with non-infected citrus plant extracts.
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Keywords: Citrus Tristeza Virus; ELISA; immunodiagnosis; monoclonal antibody

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institue for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology TÜBITAK Marmara Research Centre Kocaeli 41470 Gebze

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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