Worm Breeder's Gazette 15(2): 47 (February 1, 1998)

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Insulin-like peptides of C. elegan

Tsuyoshi Kawano1, Kyoko Takuwa2, Terumi Nakajima2, Yasuo Kimara1

1 Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Tottori University, Minami 4-101, Koyama-cho, Tottori city, Tottori 680, Japan
2 Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research, Wakayamadai 1-1-1, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka 618, Japan

     When we searched a peptide homologous with A-chain of Bombyxin a 
silkworm insulin-like peptide on the C. elegans genome project, we found
two species of putativ  e peptides that share four cystein residues with
Bombyxin A-chain. Then we carried out RACE to obtain the full-length
cDNA sequences. The predicted precursor proteins consist of 95 and 108
amino acid residues and contain a signal peptide, B-cahin, C-peptide,
and A-chain in the order like those of Bombyxin and human insulin. The
deduced mature peptides consist of 50 and 49 residues (named Ceinsulin-1
and Ceinsulin-2) and include six cystein residues identical with those
of Bombyxin and human insulin. 



     Now we try to elicit three dimensional structures of the C.
elegans insulin-like peptides using computer chemistry to compare with
Bombyxin and human insulin. The GFP fusion proteins will reveal when and
where the C. elegans genes encoding insulin-like peptides are expressed