Identification of Acinetobacter baumannii strains with monoclonal antibodies against the O antigens of their lipopolysaccharides

Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1999 May;6(3):323-9. doi: 10.1128/CDLI.6.3.323-329.1999.


Despite the emergence of Acinetobacter baumannii strains as nosocomial pathogens, simple methods for their phenotypic identification are still unavailable. Murine monoclonal antibodies specific for the O-polysaccharide moiety of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of two A. baumannii strains were obtained after immunization with heat-killed bacteria. The monoclonal antibodies were characterized by enzyme immunoassay and by Western and dot blot analyses and were investigated for their potential use for the identification of A. baumannii strains. The antibodies reacted with 46 of the 80 A. baumannii clinical isolates that were investigated, and reactivity was observed with 11 of 14 strains which were isolated during outbreaks in different northwestern European cities; no reactivity was observed with Acinetobacter strains of other genomic species, including the closely related genomic species 1 (Acinetobacter calcoaceticus), 3, and 13 sensu Tjernberg and Ursing, or with other gram-negative bacterial strains. The results show that O-antigen-specific monoclonal antibodies such as the ones described are convenient reagents which can be used to identify Acinetobacter strains in clinical and research laboratories.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / classification
  • Acinetobacter / immunology*
  • Acinetobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Acinetobacter Infections / diagnosis
  • Acinetobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / immunology
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Blotting, Western
  • Humans
  • Immunoblotting
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • O Antigens / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • O Antigens