James G Cannon

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Previous work indicates that strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated in Seattle, Wash., and Atlanta, Ga., show an association between serotypes 1 and 2 of protein I of the outer membrane and the ability to cause disseminated infection (T.M. Buchanan and J.F. Hildebrandt, Infect. Immun. 32:985-994, 1981). By using the same serotyping system, we confirmed(More)
A hybridoma derived from a mouse immunized with gonococcal outer membranes produced an antibody, designated H.8, that bound to all strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and N. meningitidis tested, and to N. lactamica and N. cinerea, but only rarely to other nonpathogenic Neisseria species. Studies with the gonococcal strain used in production of the antibody(More)
Iron, an essential nutrient for most microorganisms, is sequestered by the host to decrease the concentration of iron available to bacterial pathogens. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of gonorrhoea, can acquire iron by direct interaction with human iron-binding proteins, including the serum glycoprotein, transferrin. Iron internalization from(More)
Gonococci isolated from localized urogenital infections usually possess one or more protein II (P.II) species in the outer membrane, but the structural and antigenic variation of these proteins among different gonococcal strains has made it difficult to determine if specific proteins of the P.II class are associated with particular sites or types of(More)
A physical map of the chromosome of N. meningitidis Z2491 (serogroup A, subgroup IV-1) has been constructed. Z2491 DNA was digested with NheI, SpeI, SgfI, PacI, BglII, or PmeI, resulting in a limited number of fragments that were resolved by contour-clamped homogeneous electric field (CHEF) electrophoresis. The estimated genome size for this strain was(More)
Gonococcal pilin variation is thought to allow immune evasion and change the adherence properties of the pilus. We have examined the process of pilin antigenic variation in human volunteers inoculated with strain FA1090. Our data show that pilin variation occurred throughout the process of infection, that at each time sampled after inoculation multiple(More)
Opacity (Opa) proteins are a family of antigenically variable outer-membrane proteins of Neisseria meningitidis. Even among clonally related epidemic meningococcal isolates, there is greater variation of Opa protein expression than can be accounted for by the opa gene repertoire of any individual strain. We characterized the opa genes of eight closely(More)
Antigenic variation of gonococcal pilin involves a family of variable genes that undergo homologous recombination, resulting in transfer of variant sequences from the pilS silent gene copies into the complete pilE expression locus. Little is known about the specific recombination events that are involved in assembling new variant pilin genes in vivo. One(More)
The opacity (Opa) proteins of Neisseria gonorrhoeae are a family of outer membrane proteins demonstrating phase and antigenic variation. N. gonorrhoeae strain FA0190 has 11 opa loci that encode at least 8 antigenically distinct Opa proteins. To determine if expression of one Opa protein or a subset of them is favored during gonococcal infection, we(More)