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Vet Microbiol. 2004 May 20;100(1-2):55-64.

Molecular conservation of MSP4 and MSP5 in Anaplasma marginale and A. centrale vaccine strain.

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Division of Parasitology, Kimron Veterinary Institute, P.O. Box 12, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel.


Anaplasma centrale msp4 and msp5 genes were cloned and sequenced, and the recombinant proteins were expressed. The identity between Anaplasma marginale and A. centrale MSP4 was 83% in the nucleotide sequences and 91.7% in the encoded protein sequences. A. centrale msp5 nucleotide sequences shared 86.8% identity with A. marginale msp5, and there was 92.9% homology between A. centrale and A. marginale encoded amino acids of the MSP5 protein. Southern blots hybridized with probes derived from the msp4 and msp5 central regions indicate that msp4 and msp5 of A. centrale are encoded by single copy genes. Recombinant MSP4 and MSP5 fusion proteins reacted with anti-A. marginale monoclonal antibodies ANAR76A1 and ANAF16C, respectively, demonstrating the conservation of conformation-sensitive B-cell epitopes between A. centrale and A. marginale. These data demonstrate the structural and antigenic conservation of MSP4 and MSP5 in A. centrale and A. marginale. This conservation is consistent with the cross-protective immunity between A. marginale and A. centrale and supports the development of improved vaccines based upon common outer membrane proteins.

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