Serological studies of Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae strains of serotype 6 and their antigenic relationship with other serotypes.

K. R. Mittal, Robert Higgins, S. Larivière

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

Serological tests such as agglutination, coagglutination, precipitation and indirect haemagglutination were used to study the antigenic relationship of reference and field strains of Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae of serotype 6 with reference strains of other serotypes. Both cell-associated particulate and cell-free soluble antigens prepared from unheated and heat-treated bacterial suspensions of reference and field strains of serotype 6 were used in the studies. Species-specific, common antigenic determinants associated mainly with heat-treated particulate antigens of serotype 6 were cross-reactive in tube agglutination tests with almost all the serotypes. The species-specific antigens were of a minor nature because the cross-reactivities were abolished in both 2-mercaptoethanol agglutination and coagglutination tests. Cell-free saline extracts of both unheated and heat-treated suspensions of serotype 6 strains possessed epitopes specific for serotypes 3, 5 and 8 in addition to their own specific determinants. The epitopes were dominant because the reactions of strains of serotype 6 with antisera against serotypes 3, 5 and 8 persisted in almost all the serological tests used. Serotype 6 strains were antigenically closer to serotype 8 than to serotypes 3 or 5. A combination of serological tests such as coagglutination followed by 2-mercaptoethanol tube agglutination and, or, immunodiffusion tests differentiated serotype 6 strains from those of other cross-reacting serotypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
JournalThe Veterinary record
Volume122
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Serological studies of Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae strains of serotype 6 and their antigenic relationship with other serotypes.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this