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Microb Pathog. 2000 Aug;29(2):73-80.

Isolation, sequencing and expression of Bartonella henselae omp43 and predicted membrane topology of the deduced protein.

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University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Tampa 33612, USA.


The infection of and interaction of human endothelial cells with Bartonella henselae is one of the most interesting aspects of Bartonella -associated disease. The gene encoding the 43 kDa B. henselae outer membrane protein (Omp43) that binds endothelial cells was cloned and sequenced. Sequence analysis revealed an open reading frame of 1206 nucleotides coding for a protein of 402 amino acids. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence shows 38% identity over the entire sequence to the Brucella spp. In addition to this Omp2b porin also shows a signal sequence and peptidase cleavage site. Cleavage of the signal peptide results in a mature 380 amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular weight of 42 kDa. Omp43 was expressed in Escherichia coli as a fusion protein. Purified recombinant Omp43 at concentrations of 11 and 2.75 microg/ml bound to intact human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Membrane topology analysis predicts that Omp43 exists as a 16 stranded beta barrel protein, similar to that predicted for the Omp2b Brucella abortus porin. Characterization and expression of the gene encoding Omp43 should provide a tool for further investigation of the role of adherence to endothelial cells in the pathogenesis of B. henselae.

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