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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1992 Sep;54(2):175-83.

Humoral immune response against a 70-kilodalton heat shock protein of Entamoeba histolytica in a group of patients with invasive amoebiasis.

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Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, University of Vienna, Austria.


In order to investigate the humoral immune response against Entamoeba histolytica a lambda ZapII cDNA library was constructed from trophozoites of the pathogenic E. histolytica strain SFL-3. The library was screened with serum IgG from a patient with invasive amoebiasis. Forty-nine immunopositive lambda clones were isolated and partial sequences from the inserts were obtained. By comparison of the sequences with the merged database MIPSX from the Martinsried Institute for Protein Sequences we were able to identify homologous proteins for 36 of the clones. Twenty-six of the clones encoded intracellular proteins, among these, the major part (16 clones) were highly homologous to the eukaryotic 70-kDa heat shock proteins (Hsps). The open reading frame of one complete clone encodes a protein of 656 amino acid residues of 71.5 kDa which has 69.8% sequence identity with the human Hsp70 protein. In a larger screening experiment only 3 out of 12 patients detected with their IgG the phage which expressed the 70-kDa heat shock protein(s).

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