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Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin: purification by preparative polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and the development of a highly specific antitoxin serum.

By L T Callahan


Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin has been purified to a specific activity of 12,000 to 16,000 mouse median lethal doses/mg of protein. Total recovery was about 25%, and the degree of purification was approximately 3,000-fold. Preparative polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis greatly facilitated purification. As judged by analytical disc gel electrophoresis, the purified toxin contained one major band of protein and only a negligible amount of contamination. Antiserum prepared against the purified toxin neutralized the lethal activity of crude toxin preprations and reacted by double immunodiffusion with a single component of concentrated broth cultures of P. aeruginosa isolates obtained from a clinical source

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1976
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