A neutral sugar is responsible for serovar specificity of the antigenic determinant of Leptospira interrogans serovar canicola.

H. Kashiwase, Etsuro Ono, R. Yanagawa, Y. Shimizu, H. Kida

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To provide information on the chemical structures of antigenic determinants of leptospira, glycolipids of Leptospira interrogans serovar canicola strain Hond Utrecht IV (Ut-IV) and its antigenic variant selected in the presence of a serovar-specific monoclonal antibody were compared physicochemically. Gas-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis revealed that the glycolipid of Ut-IV contained 6 neutral sugar species; rhamnose, mannose, galactose, glucose, and unknown sugars III and IV, in addition to unknown sugars I and II that had been previously reported. On the other hand, the glycolipid of the variant lacked unknown sugar III, suggesting that this sugar is responsible for the serovar-specific antigenic determinant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalThe Japanese journal of veterinary research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


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  • veterinary(all)

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