SUMMARY: Twelve strains of serotype were grown in batch culture with glucose at constant pH (6.0) and a number of properties compared. On the basis of their cellular and extracellular protein profiles, the strains were divided into three groups, I, II and III, containing five, four and three strains, respectively. The extracellular protein profiles for a particular strain differed if the organisms were grown either at pH 6.0 with fructose instead of glucose or with glucose but without pH control. The total amount of extracellular protein produced by group III strains grown in glucose-containing medium at pH 6.0 was several times that produced by strains of groups I and II, which were also more hydrophobic. One of the potentially important proteins is P1, also called antigen B or I/II, and it was shown to be entirely in the culture fluid of group III strains but mostly cell-associated from strains of groups I and II. Approximately half of the cell-associated fraction of P1 could be removed with hot sodium dodecyl sulphate.


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