It has been generally thought that the polysaccharide moiety of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) maintains only serological specificity, while the lipid A portion determines various biological functions. However, we found that hemagglutination was a common function of the polysaccharide moiety of LPSs from important human enteropathogenic bacteria. Of the LPSs examined, Vibrio cholerae O139 LPS showed the highest hemagglutinating activity. Glycoproteins, such as mucin and fetuin, showed efficient inhibition of the hemagglutinating ability. Since cell-mediated hemagglutination is known to be correlated with bacterial adherence, hemagglutination induced by the polysaccharide moiety is interpreted to indicate that cell-surface LPS is a potential adhesin.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Microbiology (medical)