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Development of a Panel of Specific Monoclonal Antibodies to High Molecular Weight Glutenin Subunits and Their Application in Genetic Screening

May 1999 Volume 76 Number 3
Pages 380 — 388
Thomas M. Giersch , 1 Amanda S. Hill , 1 and John H. Skerritt 1 , 2

CSIRO Plant Industry and Quality Wheat Cooperative Research Centre Ltd., GPO Box 1600, Canberra, ACT, Australia Corresponding author. E-mail: J.Skerritt@pi.csiro.au Phone: +61 2 6246 5350. Fax: + 61 2 6246 5351.

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Accepted January 28, 1999.

High molecular weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) encoded by different chromosomal loci and alleles (1, 2, 5, 7, 10, and 12) were purified using reversed-phase HPLC from reduced, aqueous propanol extracts of flour from aneuploid or null wheat lines. Unlike previous libraries of monoclonal antibodies developed in our laboratory to SDS-extracted or alkylated HMW-GS, several of the monoclonal antibodies (mAb) developed in this study had a range of specificity patterns for HMW-GS in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and on immunoblots. A subset of the mAb bound either x- or y-type HMW-GS but not other gluten proteins, while a few antibodies bound one (mAb 110622, 110421, 140820), or two (mAb 101319, 110804, 140705, 1410460) HMW-GS expressed in each cultivar tested. In most cases, antibodies bound equally to the subunits encoded by different HMW-GS alleles. The more specific antibodies should be useful in research on the quantitative variation of HMW-GS expression and in studies of the role of particular HMW-GS in dough structure. The mAb 101319, which was prepared to subunit 1, bound to HMW-GS 1Bx subunits in ELISA and on immunoblots. This antibody also provided a higher absorbance value in ELISA with extracts of wheat lines expressing the Glu-Ble allele (HMW-GS 20) compared with the Glu-Bli allele (HMW-GS 17+18). Another mAb (110622) detected subunit 2 more strongly than subunit 5 in ELISA and produced a higher signal in immunoblots with subunit 2 even though these subunits are >98.7% homologous in amino acid sequence. An ELISA assay using this antibody was optimized for discrimination of wheat lines with the allelic pairs of subunits 1Dx5-1Dy10 from those with 1Dx2-1Dy12, with the former lines providing stronger dough properties and superior breadmaking quality. The performance of this assay was unaffected by other variations at HMW-GS loci and was demonstrated in sets of biotypes, doubled haploid, and cross-bred breeder's lines.

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