Francisella tularensis is a small, nonmotile, aerobic, gram-negative coccobacillus. It has a thin lipopolysaccharide-containing envelope and is a hardy non-spore-forming organism that survives for weeks at low temperatures in water, moist soil, hay, straw, and decaying animal carcasses. Lipopolysaccaride (LPS) is a main species-specific antigen of Francisella tularensis. According to the data available LPS of tularemia microbe differs from LPS of other gram-negative bacteria. LPS of tularemia microbe hasn't yet revealed the properties of classical endotoxin, which may be connected with non-typical structure of lipid A - a toxic component of LPS.
- Lipopolysaccharide protein
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