Lipoprotein antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Res Microbiol. 1991 Jan;142(1):55-65. doi: 10.1016/0923-2508(91)90097-t.


Detergent phase separation and metabolic labelling have been used to screen for the presence of lipoproteins amongst the antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Both techniques indicated that four antigens, with subunit molecular weights of 19, 26, 27 and 38 kilodaltons (kDa), are lipoproteins. This finding is consistent with the presence of conserved cysteine residues characteristic of other bacterial lipoproteins within the amino terminal sequences of the 38 kDa and 19 kDa proteins. It is proposed that lipoproteins are involved in the induction of humoral and cellular immune responses to mycobacteria and have a functional role in the transport of nutrients through the mycobacterial cell wall.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Bacterial / analysis*
  • Antigens, Bacterial / immunology
  • Antigens, Bacterial / physiology
  • Immunoblotting
  • Lipoproteins / analysis*
  • Lipoproteins / immunology
  • Lipoproteins / physiology
  • Molecular Weight
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / immunology*
  • Palmitates
  • Polyethylene Glycols
  • Tritium


  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Lipoproteins
  • Palmitates
  • Tritium
  • Polyethylene Glycols