Schmidt, G. and Männel, Daniela N. and Mayer, H. and Whang, H. Y. and Neter, E.
Role of a lipopolysaccharide gene for immunogenicity of the enterobacterial common antigen.
Journal of bacteriology 126 (2), pp. 579-586.
It is known that only certain strains of the family of Enterobacteriaceae, notably rough (R) mutants with the type R1 or R4 core, evoked antibodies in high titers against the common enterobacterial antigen (CA) after immunization of rabbits with heated cell suspensions. The present investigation deals with genetic and immunochemical aspects of certain R1 and R4 mutants isolated from Escherichia coli 08 and various Shigella serotypes which, unexpectedly, do not induce CA antibody formation. Immunochemical and genetical (transduction and conjugation) experiments revealed that the rough phenotype of these special mutants was evoked by a mutation of pyrE-linked rfa gene, called rfaL, which is involved in translocation of O-specific polysaccharides onto the lipopolysaccharide core. The transduction of the defective rfaL, allele into appropriate rough recipients results in transductants which have simultaneously lost the ability to evoke CA antibodies. This finding suggests that a close connection exists between the function of the rfaL gene and the expression of CA immunogenicity in R1 and R4 mutants. One of the strains synthesized neither O-hapten nor CA, suggesting a mutation in a region equivalent to the rfe genes of Salmonella.
|Institutions:|| Medicine > Lehrstuhl für Immunologie|
|Subjects:||600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Unknown|
|Deposited On:||24 Jun 2011 08:11|
|Last Modified:||23 Oct 2012 06:02|