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Proteomics. 2006 Mar;6(6):1856-66.

Outer membrane vesicles from group B Neisseria meningitidis delta gna33 mutant: proteomic and immunological comparison with detergent-derived outer membrane vesicles.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Unit, Chiron Vaccines, Siena, Italy.


We compared the proteome of detergent-derived group B Neisseria meningitidis (MenB) outer membrane vesicles (DOMVs) with the proteome of outer membrane vesicles (m-OMVs) spontaneously released into culture supernatant by MenB delta gna33, a mutant in which the gene coding for a lytic transglycosylase homologous to the E. coli MltA was deleted. In total, 138 proteins were identified in DOMVs by 1- and 2-DE coupled with MS; 64% of these proteins belonged to the inner membrane and cytoplasmic compartments. By contrast, most of the 60 proteins of m-OMVs were classified by PSORT as outer membrane proteins. When tested for their capacity to elicit bactericidal antibodies, m-OMVs elicited a broad protective activity against a large panel of MenB strains. Therefore, the identification of mutations capable of conferring an OMV-releasing phenotype in bacteria may represent an attractive approach to study bacterial membrane composition and organization, and to design new efficacious vaccine formulations.

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