1994 Volume 38 Issue 5 Pages 403-405
The cells of Helicobacter pylori were suspended in the medium containing 35S-methionine. After a heat shock of the cells at 42C for 5, 10, and 30min, the production of proteins was analyzed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and autoradiography. Out of many proteins produced by the cells, only 66kDa protein production was dramatically increased by heat treatment. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of 66kDa protein was quite similar to that of 62kDa and 54kDa proteins previously suggested as heat shock protein (HSP) of H. pylori based on the reaction with polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies against HSP 60 family proteins produced by other bacteria. Therefore, it was concluded that H. pylori produces the 66kDa protein as its major heat shock protein which belongs to HSP 60 family.