Identification of a mannose-binding pilus on Vibrio cholerae El Tor

Microb Pathog. 1991 Dec;11(6):433-41. doi: 10.1016/0882-4010(91)90039-d.


The mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin (MSHA) that is associated with Vibrio cholerae strains of El Tor biotype is identified as a pilus composed of subunits with a molecular mass of approximately 17 kDa. In immunoelectron microscopy, a monoclonal antibody against MSHA that inhibited El Tor vibrio-mediated mannose-sensitive agglutination of chicken erythrocytes or El Tor bacterial binding to mannose-coated agarose beads, bound specifically to repetitive subunits along typical fimbriae extending from the surface of El Tor vibrios. No such pili were seen on the surface of MSHA negative classical vibrios, although non-surface exposed fimbrial subunits could be demonstrated in these bacteria by immunoblotting techniques.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Fimbriae, Bacterial / chemistry
  • Fimbriae, Bacterial / ultrastructure*
  • Hemagglutinins / analysis
  • Mannose / metabolism*
  • Vibrio cholerae / metabolism*
  • Vibrio cholerae / ultrastructure


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Hemagglutinins
  • Mannose