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This study describes the expression, purification, and characterization of a recombinant fusion toxin, DAB(389)TTC, composed of the catalytic and membrane translocation domains of diphtheria toxin (DAB(389)) linked to the receptor binding fragment of tetanus toxin (C-fragment). As determined by its ability to inhibit cellular protein synthesis in primary(More)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a degenerative disorder of spinal motor neurons caused by homozygous mutations in the survival motor neuron (SMN1) gene. Because increased tissue levels of human SMN protein (hSMN) in transgenic mice reduce the motor neuron loss caused by murine SMN knockout, we engineered a recombinant SMN fusion protein to deliver(More)
BACKGROUND In Brazil, enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) diarrhoea is endemic in young infants. A characteristic feature of EPEC adhesion to host cells is intimate attachment leading to the formation of distinctive "attaching and effacing" (A/E) lesions on mammalian cells. Two genes directly involved in intimate adhesion, eae and tir, encode the(More)
The nontoxic C fragment of tetanus toxin (TC) can transport other proteins from the circulation to central nervous system (CNS) motor neurons. Increased levels of CuZn superoxide dismutase (SOD) are protective in experimental models of stroke and Parkinson's disease, whereas mutations in SOD can cause motor neuron disease. We have linked TC to SOD and(More)
The C-terminal repeat domain of Clostridium difficile toxin A harbors toxin-neutralizing epitopes and is considered to be a candidate component of a vaccine against C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD). Fourteen of the 38 C-terminal toxin A repeats (14CDTA) were cloned into pTECH-1 in frame with the immunogenic fragment C of tetanus toxin (TETC) to(More)
The non-toxic ganglioside binding domain of tetanus toxin (Hc fragment C or TTC) has been studied as a vector for delivering therapeutic proteins to neurons. There is little information on the cellular processing of proteins delivered by linkage to TTC. We have evaluated the cellular handling of a multi-domain hybrid protein containing TTC and both the(More)
There is evidence that raising cellular levels of Cu2+/Zn2+ superoxide dismutase (SOD1) can protect neurons from oxidative injury. We compared a novel method of elevating neuronal SOD activity using a recombinant hybrid protein composed of the atoxic neuronal binding domain of tetanus toxin (C fragment or TTC) and human SOD1 (hSOD1) with increasing cellular(More)
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