Antigenic analysis of the major outer membrane protein of Chlamydia trachomatis with murine monoclonal antibodies

B. E. Batteiger, W. J. Newhall, P. Terho, C. E. Wilde, R. B. Jones

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We prepared monoclonal antibodies against prototype strains of the 15 serovars of Chlamydia trachomatis and identified a subset of reagents that reacted with the major outer membrane protein(s) (MOMPs) of one or more serovars. We then determined the specificities of these anti-MOMP monoclonal antibodies by radioimmunoassay and immunoblot assays against the 15 serovars of C. trachomatis and a C. psittaci strain. We identified 14 different anti-MOMP antibody specificities, including serovar-, several orders of subspecies-, and species-specific determinants. In addition, one antibody reacted with all C. trachomatis serovars and a C. psittaci strain, indicating the presence of a genus-specific epitope on MOMP. Many of the cross-reactions of the subspecies-specific antibodies were similar to those previously reported by use of the microimmunofluorescence technique. We also observed a number of cross-reactions that were unexpected but consistent with data derived by the microimmunofluorescence test. All antibodies, except the genus-specific antibodies, reacted with whole elementary bodies in a radioimmunoassay, suggesting surface exposure of the epitopes. These data confirm and extend previous observations that MOMPs among C. trachomatis serovars are antigenically complex and diverse. In addition, these data indicate that the cross-reaction patterns of some monoclonal antibodies directed against MOMP are similar to those detected by the microimmunofluorescence test and are consistent with the hypothesis that such determinants are contained within MOMPs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-533
Number of pages4
JournalInfection and immunity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 5 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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