Ornithine-containing lipid of Bordetella pertussis that carries hemagglutinating activity

J Bacteriol. 1982 Nov;152(2):907-10. doi: 10.1128/jb.152.2.907-910.1982.


The proposed structure of the ornithine-containing lipid of Bordetella pertussis is 3-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid amide-linked to ornithine and esterified to the second hexadecanoic acid. The aminolipid strongly agglutinates type A and B human erythrocytes.

MeSH terms

  • ABO Blood-Group System
  • Bordetella pertussis / immunology*
  • Erythrocytes / immunology
  • Hemagglutination*
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Membrane Lipids / immunology*
  • Membrane Lipids / isolation & purification
  • Ornithine / immunology*
  • Spectrophotometry, Infrared


  • ABO Blood-Group System
  • Membrane Lipids
  • Ornithine