Characterization of two Campylobacter jejuni strains for use in volunteer experimental-infection studies

Infect Immun. 2008 Dec;76(12):5655-67. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00780-08. Epub 2008 Sep 22.


The development of vaccines against Campylobacter jejuni would be facilitated by the ability to perform phase II challenge studies. However, molecular mimicry of the lipooligosaccharide (LOS) of most C. jejuni strains with human gangliosides presents safety concerns about the development of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Clinical isolates of C. jejuni that appeared to lack genes for the synthesis of ganglioside mimics were identified by DNA probe analyses. Two clinical isolates from Southeast Asia (strains BH-01-0142 and CG8421) were determined to express the LOS type containing N-acetyl quinovosamine. No ganglioside structures were observed to be present in the LOSs of these strains, and pyrosequence analyses of the genomes of both strains confirmed the absence of genes involved in ganglioside mimicry. The capsule polysaccharide (CPS) of BH-01-0142 was determined to be composed of galactose (Gal), 6-deoxy-ido-heptose, and, in smaller amounts, D-glycero-D-ido-heptose, and the CPS of CG8421 was observed to contain Gal, 6-deoxy-altro-heptose, N-acetyl-glucosamine, and minor amounts of 6-deoxy-3-O-Me-altro-heptose. Both CPSs were shown to carry O-methyl-phosphoramidate. The two genomes contained strain-specific zones, some of which could be traced to a plasmid origin, and both contained a large chromosomal insertion related to the CJEI3 element of C. jejuni RM1221. The genomes of both strains shared a high degree of similarity to each other and, with the exception of the capsule locus of CG8421, to the type strain of the HS3 serotype, TGH9011.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Campylobacter Infections / genetics
  • Campylobacter Infections / immunology
  • Campylobacter Infections / prevention & control
  • Campylobacter jejuni / chemistry
  • Campylobacter jejuni / genetics*
  • Campylobacter jejuni / immunology*
  • Gangliosides / immunology
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Human Experimentation
  • Humans
  • Lipopolysaccharides / chemistry
  • Lipopolysaccharides / genetics
  • Lipopolysaccharides / immunology*
  • Molecular Mimicry*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / chemistry
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / immunology*


  • Gangliosides
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial
  • lipid-linked oligosaccharides

Associated data

  • GENBANK/ABGQ00000000
  • GENBANK/ABGQ01000000
  • GENBANK/ABKD00000000
  • GENBANK/ABKD01000000