Demonstration of peptidoglycan-associated Brucella outer-membrane proteins by use of monoclonal antibodies

J Gen Microbiol. 1992 Jul;138(7):1543-50. doi: 10.1099/00221287-138-7-1543.


A monoclonal antibody (3D6) was produced which reacted only with Brucella sonicated cell extracts that had been lysozyme-treated after sonication. The monoclonal antibody (mAb) reacted with the three major outer-membrane proteins (OMPs) of B. melitensis B115 in Western blots. A large number of reactive bands ranging from 12 to 43 kDa were present in lysozyme-treated Escherichia coli and Yersinia enterocolitica sonicated cell extracts. In a latex agglutination inhibition immunoassay, mAb 3D6 showed better reactivity with purified peptidoglycan (PG) of B. melitensis B115 than with that of Escherichia coli. This mAb was also used in immunogold electron microscopy with whole Brucella cells and sections. No binding was observed on whole cells and immunogold labelling in sections was observed close to the outer membrane, in the periplasmic space and in the cytoplasm. These findings indicate that mAb 3D6 is specific for PG subunits. Immunoblot analysis of B. melitensis B115 rough sonicated cell extracts after SDS-PAGE, with or without lysozyme treatment, was performed using mAbs specific for Brucella OMPs of molecular masses of 10, 16.5, 19, 25-27, 31-34, 36-38 and 89 kDa, for PG and for rough lipopolysaccharide (R-LPS) and smooth lipopolysaccharide (S-LPS). mAbs specific for the 25-27, 31-34 and 36-38 kDa OMPs reacted with three to six bands. All of them except the band of lowest molecular mass reacted with the PG-specific mAb and not with R-LPS- and S-LPS-specific mAbs.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Agglutination Tests
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / analysis*
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / immunology
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / metabolism
  • Blotting, Western
  • Brucella / chemistry*
  • Epitopes
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Microscopy, Immunoelectron
  • Muramidase / metabolism
  • Peptidoglycan / analysis*
  • Peptidoglycan / immunology
  • Peptidoglycan / metabolism


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • Epitopes
  • Peptidoglycan
  • Muramidase