Author(s): Bakopoulos V, Pearson M, Volpatti D, Gousmani L, Adams A,
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Abstract Photobacterium damsela ssp. piscicida (Phdp) isolates were grown in various bacteriological media, in eukaryotic cell culture media and in the presence of fish cells (resembling some aspects of in vivo growth environments). Bacterial cells, extracellular products (ECPs) and crude capsular polysaccharide were isolated and analysed by electrophoresis and Western blot using sea bass sera. Growth in bacteriological media conserved the synthesis of cell and extracellular components when these were compared with those prepared under near-in vivo growth conditions. In fact, synthesis of a larger range of cell components was induced after growth in bacteriological media. Certain media based on yeast extract and peptones from various sources and a specific salt formulation induced the synthesis of novel cell components at approximately 21.3 and 14 kDa. These antigens were recognized by sea bass sera collected after natural pasteurellosis outbreaks and other sea bass sera raised against live or inactivated Phdp cells. The ECPs of the pathogen were not good immunogens in their soluble form despite various treatments prior to immunization. The results are discussed with respect to vaccine development.
This article was published in J Fish Dis
and referenced in Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development