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  • 1 Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Av. Professor Lineu Prestes 2242, 05508-000 São Paulo, SP Brazil
  • | 2 Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo, Lab. de Protozoologia, São Paulo, SP Brazil
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Abstract  

In this work, the authors investigated the immunological behavior of bothropstoxin-I (BTHX-1), before and after irradiation process, and also the influence of scavengers substances on protein alterations induced by free radical production. Structural modifications were investigated by SDS-PAGE in reducing or non-reducing conditions. In vitro cytotoxicity assay was performed to test average toxic activities of BTHX-I. BALB/c Isogenic mice were immunized with irradiated or non-irradiated (native) forms of BTHX-I and antibody titers and isotypes were determined by ELISA method. Expression of murine cytokines was analyzed by using expression data obtained by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assays. The results indicate that irradiation of proteins leads to significant structural modifications, and also changes the cytokines profile during immunization process, regarding a suitable approach to new immunogenic production.