Expression of Group B Protective Surface Protein (BPS) by Invasive and Colonizing Isolates of Group B Streptococci

Aurea E. Flores, G. S. Chhatwal, Sharon L. Hillier, Carol J. Baker, Patricia Ferrieri

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Abstract

Group B protective surface protein (BPS) is expressed on the cell surface of some group B streptococcal (GBS) (Streptococcus agalactiae) strains and adds to the identification by capsular polysaccharide (CPS), and c or R proteins. We investigated the prevalence of BPS among GBS clinical isolates (303 invasive, 4122 colonizing) collected over 11 years in four American cities. Hot HCl cell extracts were tested by immunoprecipitation in agarose with rabbit antisera to BPS; the alpha (α) and beta (β) components of c protein; R1, R3, and R4 species of R protein; and CPS serotypes Ia–VIII. BPS was found in 155 isolates (seven invasive, 148 colonizing). Of these, 87 were Ia, 37 II, 20 V; none were III. BPS was expressed usually with another protein: a species of R by 87 or a component of c by 39. The predominant CPS/protein profiles with BPS were Ia/R1, BPS and II/c(α + β), BPS. Thus, along with CPS serotype and other surface proteins, BPS can be a valuable marker for precise strain characterization of unique GBS clinical isolates with complex surface protein profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-898
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Microbiology
Volume69
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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