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Microbios. 1991;66(267):83-93.

Electrophoretic analysis of lipopolysaccharide isolated from opaque and translucent colony variants of Vibrio vulnificus using various extraction methods.

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Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 28223.


Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from an opaque and a translucent colony variant of Vibrio vulnificus were isolated by several methods and the electrophoretic profiles were analysed. The phenol-water extraction method provided a better yield compared to the phenol-chloroform-petroleum ether method. In addition, two rapid micro-assays were used to isolate LPS for electrophoretic analysis. The electrophoretic pattern was the same for all LPS extracts and was similar in both variants. No high molecular weight bands, characteristic of smooth LPS, were detected in the LPS of this organism. This was in contrast to the smooth nature of the LPS of another member of the Vibrionaceae examined, V. cholerae. The result of this study showed no correlation between LPS and colony morphology in V. vulnificus.

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