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Mol Microbiol. 1989 Dec;3(12):1797-803.

Diversity of the outer membrane protein P2 gene from major clones of Haemophilus influenzae type b.

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Edward Mallinckrodt Department of Paediatrics, University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.


In previous studies, it has been demonstrated that outer membrane protein P2 from Haemophilus influenzae type b has porin activity and that antibody directed against P2 is protective in an infant rat bacteraemic model. Outer membrane protein subtyping has been employed to subclassify type b Haemophilus isolates. Strain MinnA has the outer membrane protein subtype 1H and is representative of the dominant clonal group of disease-producing isolates in the United States. In the present study, the P2 gene from strain MinnA was employed to probe EcoRI- and Pvull-digested chromosomal DNA from 24 Haemophilus influenzae type b isolates representative of the common outer membrane protein subtype groups observed throughout the world. Restriction fragment length polymorphisms were identified for the members of the outer membrane protein subtype 3L group, but not for the other subtypes examined. The P2 gene from each of four prototype isolates was then cloned, sequenced and compared to the previously reported sequence of the strain MinnA gene. The P2 gene from each of two isolates with the outer membrane protein subtype 3L was identical to the MinnA P2 sequence. The P2 gene from a subtype 2L isolate differed by a single nucleotide and the gene from a subtype 6U isolate differed by 13 nucleotides. Thus, the P2 protein is highly conserved among type b isolates.

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