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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1994 Sep 1;121(3):303-7.

Detection of stress proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis and other oral bacteria by western immunoblotting analysis.

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Département de Biochimie, Faculté des Sciences et de Génie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.


Detection of stress proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis was investigated by SDS-PAGE and Western immunoblotting procedure using a polyclonal antibody (anti hsp60) and a monoclonal antibody (anti-Dnak). Results indicate that P. gingivalis can elicit a hsp60-like stress protein when submitted to different environmental stresses such as a heat shift from 35 degrees C to 43 degrees C, a pH drop from 7.2 to 6.0 or an increase in oxygen concentration. Virulent and non-virulent strains of P. gingivalis responded the same way. The other bacterial species tested also showed an increased synthesis of a GroEL-like protein after heat shock, as detected by the anti hsp60 antibody. However, the monoclonal anti-Dnak recognized an hsp70-like protein only in two of the tested species.

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