Interactions of pseudomonas aeruginosa pa-iil lectin with quail egg white glycoproteins

Batia Lerrer, Nechama Gilboa-Garber

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces several lectins, including the galactophilic PA-IL and the fucose- and mannose-binding PA-IIL. The great advantage of these two lectins is their stability in purified preparations. Following observations that pigeon egg white blocks Escherichia coli P-fimbriae and PA-IL, we examined the interactions of diverse avian egg white components with PA-IIL. This lectin may represent both mannose- and fucose-specific microbial adhesins. For comparison, Con A (which also binds mannose) and Ulex europaeus lectin (UEA-I, which binds fucose) were analyzed in parallel. The lectin interactions with chicken, quail, and pigeon egg whites and several purified chicken egg white glycoproteins were examined by a hemagglutination inhibition test and Western blotting. Both analyses showed that like Con A and unlike UEA-I, which was not sensitive to any of these three egg whites, PA-IIL most strongly reacted with the quail egg white. However, in contrast with Con A, its interactions with the chicken egg white components, excluding avidin, were very poor. The results of this study might indicate the possibility that some of the egg white components that interacted with the above two mannose-binding lectins (exhibiting individual heterogeneity) might be associated with the innate immunity against mannose-specific microbial or viral adhesion during the fowl embryonic period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1100
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2001


  • Avian egg white
  • Microbial lectin
  • PA-IIL lectin
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa


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