Lateral flagellar antigen of Vibrio alginolyticus and Vibrio harveyi: Existence of serovars common to the two species

S. Shinoda, N. Nakahara, E. Uchida, M. Hiraga

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The antigenicity of lateral (L-) flagella of two marine vibrios, Vibrio alginolyticus and V. harveyi, was studied, and the two species were found to have common antigenicity of their flagella. Antisera against L-flagella were prepared by immunizing rabbits with highly purified L-flagellar filaments. H-Agglutination tests with the anti L-flagella antisera showed that four H-serovars existed in these species and that two of them were shared by the two species. Cross reactivity between H-serovars of these two species and other vibrios having lateral flagella, such as V. parahaemolyticus, V. campbellii, V. proteus or V. fluvialis, was not observed in the H-agglutination test, although partial common antigenicity was observed in the gel diffusion test with flagellin monomers. These observations suggest that surface antigenic determinants of the lateral flagella of V. alginolyticus and V. harveyi are specific to these two species but internal antigenic determinants buried in the flagellar filaments are partially shared with other vibrio species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
JournalMicrobiology and Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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