Analysis of the human serological response to proteins of Chlamydia trachomatis

W. J. Newhall, B. Batteiger, R. B. Jones

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Sera from individuals with culture-proven genital infection with Chlamydia trachomatis were analyzed for the presence of antibodies to chlamydial proteins by an immunoelectrophoretical transfer method. Protein antigens from representative strains of the 15 known serotypes were resolved by gel electrophoresis and transferred to a nitrocellulose solid support before being probed with serum. Sera from infected patients reacted with many different proteins. Most of these sera reacted with a 60,000- and a 62,000-molecular-weight protein which were present in each of the C. trachomatis serotypes and clinical isolates analyzed. In contrast, reactions with the major outer membrane protein were frequently observed but were ussually weak. Sera from control groups of children, cloistered nuns, and college women, who were presumed not to have had prior chlamydial infections, did not usually have antibodies against the 60,000- or 62,000-molecular-weight protein, but did react with the major outer membrane protein and a 29,000-molecular weight protein. These observations may have implications for the development of serodiagnostic tests as well as the identification of candidate antigens for vaccine development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1181-1189
Number of pages9
JournalInfection and immunity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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