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Aust Vet J. 1986 Dec;63(12):401-5.

Characterisation and quantitation of pilus antigens of Moraxella bovis by ELISA.


Hyperimmune serums raised in rabbits to purified pili from 9 Australian and 2 American strains of Moraxella bovis from infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) affected herds were used to study the degree of binding between combinations of antigen and antiserum in a conventional enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). With the aid of appropriate absorption tests major antigenic differences among pili were found permitting 6 distinct serogroups to be recognised. Further, production of specific antiserums to representative strains of each serogroup in goats facilitated the development of a double antibody sandwich ELISA which could be used to quantitate pilus expression of a given strain of M. bovis, or to differentiate pilus serogroups of 22 strains of M. bovis obtained from a total of 12 Australian herds. Most isolates were found to belong to serogroups designated IV and V. One strain from the United States of America showed total homology with Australian serogroup IV while the other showed some cross-reactivity with serogroups V and VI.

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