Summary: The major outer-membrane proteins of 40-41 kDa were identified by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) in strains ATCC 10953, ATCC 25586, F3, F6 and Fevl. The proteins were purified by preparative gel electrophoresis. Their behaviour in gel filtration and gel electrophoresis, their sensitivity to proteolytic enzymes, and their amino acid composition were investigated. The purified proteins were partly sequenced from the N-terminal end. A 36·5 kDa portion was protected against extrinsic proteolytic (trypsin, chymotrypsin or pronase) digestion of whole cells. This polypeptide was isolated and partially sequenced from the N-terminal end. From these data and data from extrinsic iodination it was concluded that the N-terminal end of the protein is probably exposed on the surface of the cell. A database search revealed amino acid sequence similarity in an Ala-Pro-rich region of outer-membrane protein A (OmpA) in other Gram-negative bacteria.


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