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Abstract

We recently showed that OmcB protein from serovar LGV1 functions as an adhesin. In this study, we produced expressing OmcB from serovar E and compared this OmcB to OmcB from serovar LGV1. Infectivity inhibition assays carried out with serovars LGV1 and E of in the presence of recombinant OmcB showed considerable (∼60 %) inhibition of infectivity. In the presence of heparan sulphate, there was significant inhibition (68 %) of adherence of expressing OmcB from serovar LGV1 only. In a further experiment, recombinant OmcB from serovar LGV1 showed minimal binding to glycosaminoglycan (GAG)-deficient cells, whilst to the same cells, recombinant OmcB from serovar E showed binding equal to that to the wild-type cells. Our experiments strongly suggest that OmcB from serovar E, in contrast to that from serovar LGV1, is not binding to host cells through a GAG-dependent mechanism.

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