Detection and identification of virulence factors in Yersinia pestis using SELDI ProteinChip® system

V. Thulasiraman, S. L. McCutchen-Maloney, V. L. Motin, E. Garcia

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A rapid method for the detection, purification, and identification of proteins in bacterial extracts was developed using surface enhanced laser desorption/ionization (SELDI) ProteinChip® technology. The effectiveness of this technique for monitoring the expression and identification of temperature- and calcium-regulated virulence factors of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes human plague, is demonstrated. Y. pestis infection of its mammalian host is thought to be accompanied by rapid up-regulation of a number of genes following a shift from 26°C (the temperature of the flea vector) to 37°C (the temperature of the mammalian host). To model this process, Y. pestis cells were grown at 26°C and 37°C in a Ca2+-deficient medium. Through an initial protein profiling of the crude bacterial extract on strong anion exchange and copper affinity, ProteinChip arrays detected five proteins that were up-regulated and three proteins that were down-regulated at 37°C. Two of the proteins predominately expressed at 37°C were semi-purified in less than two days. The two proteins were identified as catalase-peroxidase and Antigen 4. Aside from its speed, a salient feature of the SELDI technique is the microgram amounts of crude sample required for analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-432
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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