Journal article

Expression of two members of the pMGA gene family of Mycoplasma gallisepticum oscillates and is influenced by pMGA-specific antibodies

PF Markham, MD Glew, GF Browning, KG Whithear, ID Walker

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1998


Certain monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antisera directed to pMGA, the major protein of Mycoplasma gallisepticum, were tested for the ability to influence the surface phenotype of the cell population which resulted from their inclusion in growth medium. The polyclonal antiserum and one monoclonal antibody (MAb 66) resulted in an alteration of surface phenotype; specifically, populations of cells grown either on plates or in broth cultures which contained these reagents ceased the expression of pMGA and instead expressed an antigenically unrelated new polypeptide (p82). Upon the removal of antibody, the progeny of these cells regained pMGA expression and produced antigenically sectored c..

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