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Vet J. 2013 Aug;197(2):406-14. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.01.030. Epub 2013 Mar 5.

Identification of a novel collagen type І-binding protein from Streptococcus suis serotype 2.

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Key Lab Animal Disease Diagnostic and Immunology, Ministry of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China.


Streptococcus suis, a major pathogen of pigs, is an emerging zoonotic agent that causes meningitis and septic shock. cbp40 is a putative virulent gene that has been identified using suppression subtractive hybridization performed on the virulent S. suis serotype 2 strain HA9801 and the avirulent S. suis serotype 2 strain T15. Based on predicted protein features showing a shared conserved domain with the collagen-binding protein Cna of Staphylococcus aureus, Cbp40 is likely to function as a direct mediator of collagen adhesion. Here, the cbp40 gene was cloned and the recombinant protein purified. Western blotting using swine convalescent sera confirmed its role as an immunogenic protein. Collagen binding activity could be detected by western affinity blot and ELISA. Conversely, deletion of the cbp40 gene reduced bacterial adhesion to HEp-2 cells, capacity for biofilm formation, and virulence in a zebrafish infection model. The response of the bEnd.3 cell line to infection with the S. suis serotype 2 strain ZY05719 and the cbp40-knockout strain was evaluated using gene expression arrays. The differentially expressed genes were involved in inflammatory and immune responses, leukocyte adhesion and heterophilic cell adhesion. Collectively, these data suggest that Cbp40 plays an important role as an extracellular matrix adhesion protein that interacts with host cells during infection.


Collagen binding; Infection; Pig; Streptococcus suis serotype 2; cbp40

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