Two major highly polar antigenic glycolipids were isolated from recent isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from a wide range of geographical origins. The occurrence of these polar glycolipids was demonstrated by isolation, purification and chromatographic characterization and/or serological procedures in 12 strains. Based on their chromatographic properties, these polar glycolipids belong to the lipooligosaccharide family. Preliminary data on the use of these newly described antigens in the serodiagnosis of tubercolosis is presented. © 1993.
- Characterization, Antigenicity, Diagnosis
- Glycolipid, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, LOS, Tuberculosis