Cytotoxic enterotoxin of was purified by affinity chromatography with monoclonal antibodies. The purified enterotoxin gave a single protein band in polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis and its mol. wt estimated by this technique was 63000; it had a pI of 6·2. The purified enterotoxin caused fluid accumulation in rat ileal loops and in infant mice, was cytotoxic to cultured cells, was haemolytic to human erythrocytes, and was lethal to mice after intravenous injection. The relative concentrations of enterotoxic, cytotoxic and haemolytic activities were approximately the same in a culture filtrate and in purified, electrophoretically homogeneous enterotoxin. The three activities were also inactivated to the same extent after incubation for 10 min at 56°C. There was no immunological cross-reactivity with cholera toxin (CT) nor did antiserum to CT neutralise the biological effects of the toxin.


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