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Crossed immunoelectrophoretic analysis of anti-Salmonella typhi antibodies in sera of typhoid patients and carriers: demonstration of the presence of typhoid-specific antibodies to a non-O, non-H, non-Vi antigen.

By P Y Chau, K C Wan and R S Tsang


A veronal buffer extract of Salmonella typhi was used as the reference antigen and its corresponding rabbit antiserum as the reference antibody in crossed immunoelectrophoresis to analyze antibodies in sera obtained from typhoid patients and carriers. Four precipitating antibodies were regularly detected. Three were against antigens common to other gram-negative bacteria and one appeared to be typhoid specific. Of the three common antigens, one (antigen no. 7) formed a precipitin resembling in mobility and morphology the lipopolysaccharide antigen seen in crossed immunoelectrophoresis analysis of other gram-negative bacteria. The other (antigen no. 19) was heat labile and antigenically similar to the reported common antigen of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The third (antigen no. 14), also heat labile, was present in members of the family Enterobacteriaceae but not the family Pseudomonas. The typhoid-specific precipitating antibody present in sera of most typhoid patients and carriers but not patients infected with nontyphoid salmonella was directed to a heat-labile, non-O, non-H, and non-Vi antigen (antigen no. 28), probably protein in nature

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1984
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