Identification of immunodominant Helicobacter pylori proteins with reactivity to H. pylori-specific egg-yolk immunoglobulin

Ji Hyun Shin, Seung Woo Nam, Jung Taik Kim, Jong Bok Yoon, Won Gi Bang, Im Hwan Roe

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The importance of hens eggs as a source of specific antibodies (IgY) is well recognized. The protective effect of IgY obtained from hens immunized with Helicobacter pylori whole-cell lysate has been reported for the control of H. pylori infection. However, IgY produced by whole-cell lysates presents the possibility of cross-reactivity with other bacteria, including the normal human flora, and this could decrease the efficiency of IgY. In the present study, the immunodominant proteins of H. pylori with reactivity to H. pylori-specific IgY (IgY-Hp) were identified. IgY obtained from hens immunized with various fractions of H. pylori proteins was isolated and purified, titres of IgY-Hp against H. pylori were determined and cross-reactivity between IgY-Hp and normal human bacteria was examined by Western blot analysis. Finally, immunodominant H. pylori proteins were identified by LC/MS analysis. IgY obtained 2 months after immunization with H. pylori whole-cell lysate showed the highest antibody titre. Five immunodominant proteins were identified that were strongly reactive to IgY-Hp: urease β-subunit (62 kDa), heat-shock protein 60 (60 kDa), urease α-subunit (26 kDa), probable peroxiredoxin (22 kDa) and probable thiol peroxidase (18 kDa). Immunization of hens with the immunodominant proteins identified would produce a more specific IgY against H. pylori.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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