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Microb Pathog. 1992 Sep;13(3):243-9.

The 17 kDa lipoprotein and encoding gene of Francisella tularensis LVS are conserved in strains of Francisella tularensis.

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Department of Microbiology, National Defence Research Establishment, Umeå, Sweden.

Abstract

A T-cell-stimulating 17 kDa protein of the vaccine strain Francisella tularensis LVS has previously been cloned, sequenced and shown to be a lipoprotein. In the present study, it was investigated whether the protein, denoted TUL4, and its gene are present in various strains of the genus Francisella. By Western blot analysis, it was demonstrated that a TUL4-specific monoclonal antibody bound to a protein present in each of the Francisella strains. The immunoreactive proteins had an M(r) of 17 kDa in all F. tularensis strains and in the strain Francisella novicida, whereas the M(r) in strains of Francisella philomiragia was 20 kDa. When genomic preparations were probed with a radioactive DNA fragment of F. tularensis LVS encoding TUL4, hybridization was demonstrated in all strains of Francisella, although the F. philomiragia strains did not hybridize under conditions of high stringency. The hybridizing chromosomal DNA fragment of the F. philomiragia strains was larger than that of the other Francisella strains. No hybridization or Western blot reactivity was seen when various other Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria were probed. In summary, the 17 kDa lipoprotein of F. tularensis LVS appears to be Francisella-specific and present in the species F. tularensis and F. novicida, whereas an immunologically related protein is present in F. philomiragia.

PMID:
1291846
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