Stringent conditions will be those in which the salt concentration is less than about 1.0 M sodium ion, typically about 0.01 to 1.0 M sodium ion concentration (or other salts) at pH 7.0 to 8.3 and the temperature is at least about 30° C. for short probes (e.g., 10 to 50 nucleotides) and at least about 60° C. for long probes (e.g., greater than 50 nucleotides). Monoclonal antibodies were selected from these polyclonal mixtures by plating a sample of the mixture on LB agar plates containing 10 μg/ml tetracycline and screening for antibodies that recognized SAP. Alternatively, endogenous SAP polypeptides can be isolated from B. anthracis. Although the foregoing invention has been described in some detail by way of illustration and example for purposes of clarity of understanding, it will be readily apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art in light of the teachings of this invention that certain changes and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit or scope of the appended claims. In one embodiment of the invention, the affinity agent comprises a polypeptide at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO:1 or a fragment of SEQ ID NO:1 at least 10 amino acids long. 6,057,098. Streamline™ chelating resin (Pharmacia, Piscataway, N.J.) was charged with 0.1 M NiCl2 and was then expanded and equilibrated in 50 mM acetate, 200 mM NaCl, 10 mM imidazole, 0.01% NaN3, pH 6.0 buffer flowing in the upward direction. The present invention provides methods for detecting B. anthracis infection in an animal. Patents that described the use of such labels include U.S. Pat. A stock solution was used to bring the culture homogenate to 10 mM imidazole, following which it was diluted two-fold or higher in equilibration buffer to reduce the wet solids content to less than 5% by weight. Methods: Growth and toxin production were carried out in trypticase peptone yeast-extract glucose (TPYG) broth. Volumes of sample (100 μl) are contacted separately with either affinity agent for antibody detection or capture reagent for the detection of SAP antigen. “Antibody” refers to a polypeptide substantially encoded by an immunoglobulin gene or immunoglobulin genes, or fragments thereof which specifically bind and recognize an analyte (antigen or antibody). Chem. DNA was precipitated with 2.5 volumes of ethanol and resuspended in 200 μl of distilled water. After the extractions, the DNA was ethanol precipitated and pelleted as described above. PILEUP can be obtained from the GCG sequence analysis software package, e.g., version 7.0 (Devereaux et al. It was then loaded onto the Streamline column flowing in the upward direction at a superficial velocity of 300 cm/hr. The amplification was performed using Expand™ DNA polymerase (Roche Molecular Biochemical (Indianapolis, Ind.). The pellet was resuspended in 100 μl of sterile diethyl pyrocarbonate-treated water. 'l Acad. Acids Res. The homogenate was clarified in a J2-21 centrifuge (Beckman, Fullerton, Calif.) and recombinant SAP purified from the supernatant using immobilized metal affinity chromatography. Therefore, detection of antibodies in a biological sample that specifically bind to SAP indicate that an animal has been exposed to B. anthracis and may be infected with anthrax. Foam was controlled by addition of polypropylene glycol (Dow, Midland, Mich.). The DNA was pelleted and the supernatant carefully removed as described above. Specific examples include, but are not limited to, microtiter plates, nitrocellulose membranes, nylon membranes, and derivatized nylon membranes, beads, and also particles, such as agarose, SEPHADEX™, and the like. In such cases, the nucleic acids typically hybridize under moderately stringent hybridization conditions. Thus, a polypeptide is typically substantially identical to a second polypeptide, for example, where the two peptides differ only by conservative substitutions. As indicated above, a wide variety of labels may be used, with the choice of label depending on sensitivity required, ease of conjugation with the compound, stability requirements, available instrumentation, and disposal provisions. First round antibody phage were prepared as described in Example 3 using BS45 uracil template. These differences may be due to the fact that a different Bacillus anthracis strain was used in the work described here. Amino acids may be referred to herein by either the commonly known three letter symbols or by the one-letter symbols recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Biochemical Nomenclature Commission. In another embodiment, the SAP polypeptides or SAP antigenic determinants may be detected up to 14 days after exposure to anthrax. This search indicated that a SAP gene had indeed been cloned. anthracis antibodies may be detected up to 7 days after exposure to anthrax. (1993) Bio/Technology 11: 1271-1277) supplemented with 3 g/L L-leucine, 3 g/L L-isoleucine, 12 g/L casein digest (Difco, Detroit, Mich.), 12.5 g/L glycerol and 10 μg/ml tetracycline. In yeast, convenient promoters include GAL1,10 (Johnson and Davies (1984) Mol. In one embodiment of the invention, the surface array protein comprises a polypeptide having an amino acid sequence at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO:1 or a fragment of SEQ ID NO:1 at least 10 amino acids long. A “biological sample” as used herein is a sample of biological tissue or fluid that contains an analyte (such as, antibodies or antigens of interest). This mixture was incubated at 45° C. for 2 hr, shaking every 30 minutes. The cDNA sequence provided in SEQ ID NO:2 can be used to provide probes that specifically hybridize to a SAP gene, to a SAP mRNA, or to a SAP cDNA in a cDNA library (e.g., in a Southern or Northern blot). ), 29.3 ml sterile water, 1.76 ml 0.75 M sodium citrate pH 7.0, 2.64 ml 10% sarkosyl (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, Pa.), 0.36 ml 2-mercaptoethanol (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, Pa.)). Binding reagents that specifically bind to B. anthracis SAP were selected from the phage display libraries created from hyperimmunized mice as described in Example 3. 22), Marcel Dekker, 1994. Thus, under designated assay conditions, the specified binding moieties, e.g., capture reagents or affinity agents, bind preferentially to a particular target analyte and do not bind in a significant amount to other components present in a sample. Specific examples, include, but are not limited to, microtiter plates, nitrocellulose membranes, nylon membranes, and derivatized nylon membranes, beads, and also particles, such as agarose, SEPHADEX™, and the like. In yet another embodiment, the SAP polypeptides or SAP antigenic determinants may be detected greater than 14 days after exposure to anthrax. Q Sepharose FastFlow resin (Pharmacia, Piscataway, N.J.) was equilibrated in 20 mM borate, 37.5 mM NaCl, 0.01% NaN3, pH 8.0. The 100 mm LB agar plates were incubated at 37° C. for 6-7 hr, after which the plates were transferred to room temperature and nitrocellulose filters (pore size 0.45 mm, BA85 Protran, Schleicher and Schuell, Keene, N.H.) were overlaid onto the plaques. By way of example, numerous possible configurations for homogeneous enzyme immunoassays and methods by which they may be performed are given in Tijssen, P., Practice and Theory of immunoassays, Elsevier Press, Amersham, Oxford, N.Y., 1985. Plates were incubated for 4 hrs at 37° C. and then transferred to 20° C. overnight. These complementary polyclonal antibodies were designated IIT005.1.13.1 and IIT005.1.C.11.1 and were subcloned as described in Example 18 of U.S. patent application Ser. The transformed sample was immediately resuspended in 1 ml of 2xYT broth or 1 ml of a mixture of 400 μl 2xYT/600 μl overnight XL-1 cells and processed as procedures dictated. 3,817,837; 3,850,752; 3,939,350; 3,996,345; 4,277,437; 4,275,149; and 4,366,241. Assays were performed with NeutraAvidin or streptavidin coated plates, such as Reacti-Bind™ streptavidin coated polystyrene 96 well plates (Pierce Chemical, Rockford, Ill.). In yet another embodiment, the surface array protein comprises a polypeptide having an amino acid sequence at least 80% identical to amino acids 180 to 700 of SEQ ID NO:1 or a fragment of amino acids 180 to 700 of SEQ ID NO:1 at least 10 amino acids long. For more information about this message, please visit this page: CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. DNA in the aqueous layer was precipitated a final time and resuspended in 500 μl of distilled water, yielding approximately 79 μg of DNA at 158 μg/ml. Small scale production of these monoclonal antibodies was accomplished using a Ni-chelate batch-binding method (see below). The ANTXR2 receptor was chosen as a capture agent due its reported high affinity to PA . Assoc. The BLASTN program (for nucleotide sequences) uses as defaults a wordlength (W) of 11, an expectation (E) or 10, M=5, N=−4 and a comparison of both strands. The antibodies did not react with any proteins in the culture supernatant or cell pellet of the other Bacillus species tested (B. cereus and thuringiensis). The diverse fine binding specificity of members of a population of polyclonal antibodies often allows the population to bind to several forms of SAP (e.g., species variants, escape mutant forms, proteolytic fragments) to which a monoclonal reagent may be unable to bind. ), 12.5% sucrose). Fundamental Immunology, Third Edition, Raven Press, NY (1993)). Such sequences are then said to be “substantially identical.” This definition also refers to the complement of a test sequence. Biotinylated SAP antigen was then added to each sample as described for the first round of panning, and the phage samples incubated for 1 hr at room temperature. Two of the three clones were sequenced and compared against the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) non-redundant nucleotide database using the BLAST search engine. The microtiter wells are coated so that they bind biotinylated molecules (REACTI-BIND™ NEUTRAVIDIN™, Pierce, Rockford, Ill.). A labeled (enzyme linked, fluorescent, radioactive, etc.) The pellet was dried in vacuo. The protein concentration of recombinant SAP was determined by UV absorbance at 280 nm, assuming an absorbance of 0.593 for a 1 mg/ml solution. The RNAs were stored at −80° C. The total RNA purified from mouse spleens as described above was used directly as template for cDNA preparation. The B. anthracis SAP polypeptide in the animal can be an antigen or antigenic determinant that is specific for B. anthracis. In yet another aspect of the invention, the antibody specifically binds to a human antibody. The mixture was shaken at 300 rpm, 23° C. for 1 hour after which time shaking was stopped and the resin allowed to settle to the bottom of the flasks for 15 minutes. The mixture was then twice extracted with phenol/chloroform (phenol:chloroform:isoamyl alcohol (50:49:1)) and the DNA in the aqueous layer sheared by passing the solution through an 18 gauge needle. ), 0.5% Triton X-100M (T-octylphenoxypolyethoxyethanol) (Sigma, St. Louis, Mo. Finally, the Fab pool was concentrated and diafiltered into 20 mM borate, 150 mM NaCl, 0.01% NaN3, pH 8.0 buffer for storage. In one embodiment of the invention, the method further comprises the steps of contacting the biological sample with a capture reagent, wherein the capture reagent forms a complex with a B. anthracis surface array protein if the surface array protein is present in the sample, and detecting the presence or absence of the complex. Negative controls included fluorescein-conjugated antibody alone, and a murine polyclonal antiserum specific for B. anthracis, Sterne strain spore coat proteins. Formation of a complex indicates that the animal from which the sample was obtained was exposed to anthrax. USA 85:2444, by computerized implementations of these algorithms (GAP, BESTFIT, FASTA, and TFASTA in the Wisconsin Genetics Software Package, Genetics Computer Group, 575 Science Dr., Madison, Wis.), or by manual alignment and visual inspection (see, e.g., Ausubel et al., Current Protocols in Molecular Biology (1995 supplement)).

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