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Can J Microbiol. 1995 Jul;41(7):562-71.

Characterization of monoclonal antibodies to Yersinia enterocolitica iron-regulated proteins.

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Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre, AB, Canada.


Yersinia enterocolitica 1165 (0:8) expressed several iron-regulated proteins with molecular masses of 240, 194, 80, 79, 70, and 67 kDa. These proteins were not detected in cells grown in iron-rich conditions. Cell surface iodination indicated that the 240- and 190-kDa proteins (HMWPs) were not surface exposed, whereas the 67- and 70-kDa proteins appeared to be exposed to the cell surface. Incubation with iron protected the 67- and 70-kDa proteins from proteinase K treatment, suggesting that they may be involved in iron acquisition. Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) were produced against the HMWPs and the 67-kDa iron-regulated protein. MAbs to the HMWPs not only recognized the 240- and 194-kDa proteins but also reacted with the 67- and 70-kDa iron-regulated proteins. Similarly, MAbs to the 67-kDa protein reacted with the 67- and 70-kDa proteins and the HMWPs, suggesting that these iron-regulated proteins are related immunologically. In addition, the MAbs recognized the 67- and 70-kDa proteins and HMWPs from other Y. enterocolitica serotypes, suggesting that the antigenic sites recognized on these iron-regulated proteins are conserved. The MAbs examined did not inhibit iron binding or iron uptake and did not provide protection against a Y. enterocolitica 1165 (0:8) infection in a systemic mouse infection model. Although these MAbs were not protective in this model, these iron-regulated proteins may play a role in iron acquisition and virulence, but the MAbs examined are probably not directed against epitopes involved in iron acquisition or virulence.

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