Isolation and purification of viable Ureaplasma urealyticum cells free from medium components

S. Horowitz, H. Gal

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A procedure was devised to produce Ureaplasma urealyticum preparations free of adsorbed components of the growth medium, which contains high concentrations of serum. The ureaplasmas were cultivated in a medium containing PPLO-serum fraction as a replacement for horse serum. High titres of ureaplasmas (> 107 c.f.u. ml-1) were obtained. Harvested cells were then purified by Urografin density gradient centrifugation. By use of 3H-labelled ureaplasma cells and 125I-labelled medium components, a distinct band of viable cells devoid of serum constituents was demonstrated. The absence of medium components was verified by immunoblotting cells from this band with antiserum to medium components. Medium components that had been present before the purification procedure were undetectable in the purfied cell fraction obtained. The viability of the purified ureaplasma cells represented an 85% recovery rate and their antigenicity, examined with anti-serotype specific antiserum, remained intact. This easy and reproducible procedure can be used to prepare purified ureaplasmas for investigation of ureaplasmal antigens and their expression and/or role in disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1087-1092
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991

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  • Microbiology


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