The rickettsial outer-membrane protein A and B genes of Rickettsia australis, the most divergent rickettsia of the spotted fever group

J. Stenos, David Walker

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The genes for rickettsial outer-membrane protein A (rOmpA), a distinguishing feature of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae, and rOmpB, a genus-specific protein, were identified and sequenced in Rickettsia australis. The amino acid sequences of domains I, III and IV of the R. australis rOmpA share close homology with those of rOmpA of other SFG rickettsiae, but the repeat region (domain II) is dramatically different from that of other known SFG rOmpA. R. australis rOmpB is more similar to rOmpB of other SFG rickettsiae than to that of typhus group rickettsiae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1775-1779
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000



  • Rickettsia australis
  • rOmpA
  • rOmpB
  • Spotted fever group rickettsiae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology

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