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Can J Microbiol. 1990 Oct;36(10):690-6.

Molecular size variation of the hemagglutinating adhesin HA-Ag2, a common antigen of Bacteroides gingivalis.

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Groupe de recherche en écologie buccale, Ecole de médecine dentaire, Université Laval, Québec (Qué), Canada.


The array of Bacteroides gingivalis W83 antigens revealed by crossed immunoelectrophoresis includes one antigen that is associated with an erythrocyte-binding capacity, termed the hemagglutinating adhesin HA-Ag2. This antigen was excised from crossed-immunoelectrophoresis plates to produce two polyclonal antisera, VL 011 and WL 303, whose restricted specificity for HA-Ag2 was assessed using crossed immunoelectrophoresis, crossed immunoelectrophoresis with an intermediate gel, and crossed immunoaffinoelectrophoresis. Both antisera, when used to probe blots of an EDTA cell surface extract of B. gingivalis W83, reacted with two bands, at 33 and 38 kDa, which were also detected by a monoclonal antibody (Naito et al. 1985. Infect. Immun. 50: 231-235), specific for a hemagglutinin of B. gingivalis. Antiserum WL 303 was used to examined by immunoblotting the distribution of HA-Ag2 among a variety of human and animal strains of B. gingivalis. All human strains tested showed two major bands at 33 and 38 kDa in the EDTA cell surface extract, and at 43 and 49 kDa in outer membrane preparations. Only one band, at 29 kDa, was detected in EDTA cell surface extracts from the animal strains, while the outer membrane preparation of a single strain showed a positive reaction. We concluded that HA-Ag2 is an antigen common to human and animal strains of B. gingivalis and that its subunits may show heterogeneity in apparent molecular mass.

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