Identified virulence factors of Haemophilus: Immune evasion
Related genes: ompP2;
Keywords: Immune evasion; Phase variation; Characteristics: Most abundant major outer membrane protein of nontypable H. influenzae.
A homotrimeric porin, the surface-exposed loop 6 region is the major epitope against which antibodies are targeted.
Functions: P2 antigenic drift allows the organism to evade clearance by potentially protective antibodies and contributes to the development of chronic infection.
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