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Keywords:

  • Culture filtrate;
  • Johne's Disease;
  • MS;
  • Mycobacterium paratuberculosis

Abstract

Previously we showed that Mycobacterium paratuberculosis culture filtrates (CFs) contain more antigens that react with sera from infected cattle than do cellular extracts of the organism. The goal of the present study was to identify proteins of potential diagnostic value among these CF proteins. Proteins of potential interest were first separated by 2-DE. Roughly 240 CF protein spots were detected on CBB-stained gels using Phoretix 2D software. Of these, 83% reacted with serum from M. paratuberculosis-infected cattle in immunoblots. When bovine serum was absorbed with M. phlei antigens, however, only 37 of these antigenic protein spots were reactive. Twenty-four of these spots were selected for identification based on their immunoblot staining intensity and differences in pI and mass. A total of 14 proteins were ultimately identified by MS and BLAST searches as ModD, PepA, ArgJ, CobT, Antigen 85C, and nine hypothetical proteins. N-terminal peptide analysis of PepA, Antigen 85C, ModD, MAP1693c, MAP2168c, and MAP1022c showed that each protein has 27–39 amino acids that may function as a signal sequence suggesting they are secreted through a Sec-dependent pathway. These 14 proteins from M. paratuberculosis CF are strong candidates for use as antigens for improved serodiagnostic tests for bovine paratuberculosis.