Jul 1, 1989

Measurements of lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in meningococcal protein and polysaccharide preparations for vaccine usage

Journal of Biological Standardization
C M TsaiH D Hochstein


Lipopolysaccharide (LPS, i.e. endotoxin) present in meningococcal outer-membrane protein and polysaccharide preparations made for vaccine use was quantitated by a silver-stain method following SDS-PAGE. The reactivities of LPS in the preparations were also measured by rabbit pyrogenicity and Limulus amoebocyte lysate (LAL) assay. Although rabbit pyrogenicity and LAL assay are more sensitive than the silver stain method, the latter provided an actual amount of LPS present in the protein or in the polysaccharide. For a meningococcal protein preparation, rabbit pyrogenicity showed about one-tenth, and even less by LAL assay, of the actual amount of LPS. This is because protein-bound LPS in meningococcal protein preparations is about 10-fold less active in causing fever in rabbits, and 20- to 40-fold less active in the gelation of LAL than the same amount of a purified free LPS which is generally used as a reference in quantitating LPS in these two assays. As for the small amount of LPS present in a meningococcal polysaccharide preparation, similar LPS content was obtained when measured by the three methods suggesting that the LPS is not bound to the polysaccharide in contrast to that in the proteins mentioned above. The purified m...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Neisseria meningitidis
Meningococcal polysaccharide
Outer Membrane Lipoproteins, Bacterial
Polysaccharides, Bacterial
Bacterial Vaccines
Staining and Labeling
Membrane Proteins

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