Summary: is emerging as an important human pathogen, in both extra-oral and periodontal infections. From a clone bank of chromosomal DNA produced in JM109, twenty-two clones expressed antigens and of these, two expressed functional haemagglutinins. By virtue of different restriction maps and a lack of homology by Southern hybridization, the two cloned fragments encoding the two haemagglutinins have been shown to be distinct. Maxicell analysis revealed that clone 1, carrying plasmid pVKR201, produces three proteins, one of 31·5 kDa and two of approximately 14 kDa each. Expression of each of the proteins appears to be under the control of an promoter(s). Clone 2, carrying plasmid pVKR301, produces two proteins, one of 93 kDa and the second of 17 kDa. Expression of both of these proteins in requires the promoter in the vector. By preparing a series of subclones and testing each by maxicell analysis and for haemagglutination activity, a functional map of the insert of clone 1 was deduced and the 31·5 kDa polypeptide identified as the haemagglutinin. Using similar methods, the 17 kDa protein was found to be the haemagglutinin of clone 2. The nucleotide sequences of both haemagglutinin genes were determined and are presented. Computer analysis revealed no homology between the two haemagglutinins, and no homology to any previously sequenced proteins. These are the first genes of this genus to be cloned and sequenced.


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