Life Sciences (general)
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
The 5C outer membrane protein, one of the N. meningitidis class 5 proteins, was preferably expressed in bacteria isolated from the nasopharynx and its role in adhering to the mucosal cells and invading them as well as the development of anti-5C antibodies in healthy carriers was demonstrated. Anti-5C monoclonal antibodies are bactericidal in the presence of the human complement. The immunodominant region of the 5C protein is highly conserved among the different strains of N. meningitidis, and the opc gene, which encodes the protein, does not seem to show antigenic variations.Here the isolation of the opc gene from the Cuban strain B:4:P1.15 by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is presented. Under the regulation of the tryptophan promoter, the gene was cloned and sequenced in E. coli with a high level of expression and fused to the amino-terminal end of the interleukin-2 gene. In the dot-blot experiments, the presence of the gene in those strains which did not express the protein in the whole cell ELISA was also detectable.
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