Nov 1, 1977

Outer-membrane protein and lipopolysaccharide serotyping of Neisseria meningitidis by inhibition of a solid-phase radioimmunoassay

Infection and Immunity
W D Zollinger, R E Mandrell


A new procedure involving inhibition of a solid-phase radioimmunoassay was developed for specific determination of the outer-membrane protein and the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) serotypes of meningococci. Antigen was allowed to bind to the wells of a polyvinyl microtiter plate and then reacted with a limiting amount of homologous antibody which had been preincubated with buffer or a standard concentration of inhibiting antigen. The amount of antibody bound per well was quantitated by incubation with excess 125I-labeled goat anti-rabbit immunoglobulin. Typing sera for detecting eight LPS antigens and 18 protein antigens were made in rabbits by use of both the group C and group B bactericidal serotyping strains. Reactions between unabsorbed sera and purified LPS were inhibited in the LPS typing system, whereas reactions between absorbed sera and outer-membrane complex were inhibited in the protein typing system. Outer-membrane complex was used as the inhibiting antigen in both cases. Approximately 97% of the 80 group B and C strains tested were LPS typable, and 80% were protein typable. Of 51 group A strains tested, however, only 22% were LPS typable and 14% were protein typable. Several nonreciprocal correlations between the occurr...Continue Reading

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Neisseria meningitidis
Bacterial Proteins
Antigenic Specificity
Polysaccharides, Bacterial
Antigens, Bacterial
Cell Surface Proteins

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