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J Gen Microbiol. 1987 Jan;133(1):163-70.

Identification of the outer membrane proteins of Campylobacter pyloridis and antigenic cross-reactivity between C. pyloridis and C. jejuni.

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Experimental Pathology Laboratory, PHLS Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Salisbury, UK.


The outer membrane and surface exposed proteins of four strains of the gastric Campylobacter-like organism Campylobacter pyloridis were identified by SDS-PAGE of Sarkosyl-insoluble membranous material and 125I-surface-labelled whole bacteria. Although constant outer membrane proteins (molecular mass 61, 54 and 31 kDa) were observed in these strains, several variable 125I-labelled surface proteins were detected. C. pyloridis does not appear to express a single surface-exposed major outer membrane protein like that of C. jejuni and C. coli. Putative flagella proteins were identified from isolated flagella and acid-extractable surface material and by immunoblotting with anti-flagella antibodies. Several major protein antigens were observed by immunoblotting with anti-C. pyloridis antisera. At least two of these antigens cross-reacted with anti-C. jejuni antiserum. This cross-reaction appears to be caused primarily by flagellar antigens. However, one major protein antigen (61 kDa) was not cross-reactive with C. jejuni and may, therefore, be useful in serological tests for the specific diagnosis of C. pyloridis infections.

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