Rickettsial proteins rOmp A and rOmp B exist in both Rickettsia australis and Rickettsia honei but differ in molecular weight and antigenicity; in addition, they produce distinct immunogenic responses and appear to be to conformationally dependent antigens. Species-specific monoclonal antibodies for other spotted fever group rickettsial species did not react with R. honei. A PCR product of the repeat region of the rOmp A gene from R. honei was amplified and calculated to contain 11 repeat units.
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