Journal article

Mycoplasma synoviae has two distinct phase variable major membrane antigens, one of which is a putative hemagglutinin

AH Noormohammadi, PF Markham, KG Whithear, ID Walker, VA Gurevich, DH Ley, GF Browning

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1997


Mycoplasma synoviae is a major pathogen of poultry, causing synovitis and respiratory infection. A cluster of 45- to 50-kDa membrane proteins is immunodominant in strain WVU-1853. Four distinct proteins were identified in this cluster by high-pressure liquid chromatography. Monoclonal antibodies and monospecific antisera against each established that they fell into two groups, MSPA and MSPB, each containing two members distinguishable by a difference in hydrophobicity. A 25- to 30-kDa membrane protein (MSPC) was shown to be antigenically related to the MSPB proteins. Considerable variation in the size and expression of MSPA and MSPB was observed among different strains of M. synoviae. Examin..

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