Extraction and Partial Purification of UCA Fimbriae from Proteus mirabilis and Study Their Role in Adhesion to Uroepithlial Cells


From 211 urine samples, Gram negative bacteria were isolated from only 61 urine samples with isolation percentage 28.9%. Escherichia coli were isolated percentage 70.49% while Klebsiella pneumoniae and Psendomonas aeruginosa were 8.19% and 6.55%, respectively.Proteus spp. Were isolated from 9 (14.75%), P. mirablis and P. vulgaris were isolates percentage 11.47% and 3.27%, respectively.Uroepithelial Cell Adhesin (UCA) fimbriae expression by P.mirabilis isolates was detected by the high capacity to adhesion to human uroepithetial cells, the isolate p.mirabilis U7 was adhesion to human uroepithelial cells mean no.30.2 bacteria/cell when grown on luria broth at 37C for 24h, but then grown it’s on luria agar at 37C for 24h the adhesion mean no. was 20.3 bacteria/cell. P.mirabilis U4 the adhesion mean no.4.7% and 1.65% when grown on luria broth and luria agar at 37C for 24h, respectively. MR/P and MR/K fimbriae was induced by growth on luria broth at 37C for 48h and reduced by growth on agar media.UCA fimbriae were isolated and partially purified by using 2 molar urea, heat shock, saturated ammonium sulphate 50% and deoxycholate, yielded 1.65 g/ml. SDS.PAGE of partially purified UCA-fimbriae after ammonium sulfate precipitation showed 6 protein containing bands, for 5 bands (molecular weight 17782 Dalton) represented UCA-fimbriae.