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Microbiology. 1996 Mar;142 ( Pt 3):707-15.

Characterization of lethal factor binding and cell receptor binding domains of protective antigen of Bacillus anthracis using monoclonal antibodies.

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US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA.


Lethal toxin from Bacillus anthracis is composed of protective antigen (PA) and lethal factor (LF). Anti-PA mAbs that neutralized lethal toxin activity, either in vivo or in vitro, identified three non-overlapping antigenic regions on PA. Two distinct antigenic regions were recognized by the four mAbs that neutralized lethal toxin activity by inhibiting the binding of 125I-LF to cell-bound PA. Mapping showed that one mAb, 1G3PA63, recognized an epitope on a 17 kDa fragment located between amino acid residues Ser-168 and Phe-314. The three other mAbs, 2D3PA, 2D5PA and 10D2PA, recognized an epitope between amino acids Ile-581 and Asn-601. A single antigenic region was recognized by the three mAbs, 3B6PA, 14B7PA and 10E10PA63, that inhibited binding of 125I-PA to cells. This region was located between amino acids Asp-671 and Ile-721. These results confirm previously defined functional domains of PA and suggest that LF may interact with two different sites on PA to form lethal toxin.

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