Proteasome activity in a naïve mosquito cell line infected with Wolbachia pipientis wAlbB

Ann M. Fallon, Bruce A. Witthuhn

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We used Wolbachia pipientis strain wAlbB from Aedes albopictus Aa23 cells to infect clonal Ae. albopictus TK-6 cells, which are resistant to 5-bromodeoxyuridine. Infected TK-6 cells were cultured in medium containing 5-bromodeoxyuridine to select against Aa23 cells that might have persisted in the inoculum. Infected TK-6 lines retained the Wolbachia infection for 5 mo, indicating that their metabolic processes support Wolbachia growth and multiplication. To investigate early events after Wolbachia infection, we labeled infected cells with 35S[methionine/cysteine]. Patterns of labeled proteins on sodium dodecyl sulfate gels were similar in control and infected cells, with the exception of a 29-kDa protein. Tandem mass spectrometry revealed that the 29-kDa band included α and β subunits of the 26S proteasome. Independent confirmation of the up-regulation of the proteasome was established by probing Western blots with a monoclonal antibody to the proteasome-associated co-factor, ubiquitin. Wolbachia's loss of metabolic pathways for the synthesis of most amino acids and retention of pathways for their uptake and metabolism suggest that proteasome activation provides a mechanism whereby controlled degradation of intracellular host proteins would increase availability of amino acids to support establishment and maintenance of the Wolbachia infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-466
Number of pages7
JournalIn Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Animal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2009

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Acknowledgments This work was funded by NIH grant AI 070913 and by the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, St. Paul, MN. Protein analysis was done at the University of Minnesota Mass Spectrometry Consortium for the Life Sciences & Proteome Analysis Core Facilities.


  • Aedes albopictus
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Mosquito cell line
  • Proteasome
  • Ubiquitin
  • Wolbachia


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