Deborah A. Dilts

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Pneumolysin, the pore-forming toxin produced by Streptococcus pneumoniae, may have an application as an immunogenic carrier protein in future pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. Most of the 90 S. pneumoniae serotypes identified produce pneumolysin; therefore, this protein may confer non-serotype-specific protection against pneumococcal infections such as(More)
Staphylococcus aureus and other staphylococci cause severe human disease, and there are currently no vaccines available. We evaluated whether manganese transport protein C (MntC), which is conserved across the staphylococcal species group, could confer protection against S. aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. In vivo analysis of S. aureus MntC expression(More)
LP2086 is a family of outer membrane lipoproteins from Neisseria meningitidis, which elicits bactericidal antibodies and are currently undergoing human clinical trials in a bivalent formulation where each antigen represents one of the two known LP2086 subfamilies. Here we report the NMR structure of the recombinant LP2086 variant B01, a representative of(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant forms of Neisseria meningitidis human factor H binding protein (fHBP) are undergoing clinical trials in candidate vaccines against invasive meningococcal serogroup B disease. We report an extensive survey and phylogenetic analysis of the diversity of fhbp genes and predicted protein sequences in invasive clinical isolates obtained in(More)
There is a clear unmet medical need for a vaccine that would prevent infections from Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). To validate antigens as potential vaccine targets it has to be demonstrated that the antigens are expressed in vivo. Using murine bacteremia and wound infection models, we demonstrate that the expression of clumping factor A (ClfA) and(More)
An outer membrane PIA protein from Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain FA19 was expressed in Escherichia coli and refolded in vitro in the presence of zwitterionic detergent. Its proper folding and subunit organization was confirmed by comparison with the native counterpart. The unfolding of PIA has been investigated using fluorescence spectroscopy and analytical(More)
PBCC211, an aroA aroD derivative of S. typhi strain CDC10-80, was tested in phase I trials as a single dose typhoid fever vaccine. Three different vaccine preparations, reconstituted lyophilized bacteria, freshly grown bacteria or lyophilized bacteria reconstituted from sachets, were orally administered to a total of 86 adult volunteers. An aroA aroD htrA(More)
Clumping factors A (ClfA) and B (ClfB) are Staphylococcus aureus virulence proteins that are displayed on the cell surface of the organism and have potential as vaccine antigens for the prevention of S. aureus disease. Here we evaluate the phylogeny of S. aureus in the context of antigenic variation of these two surface proteins. ClfA and ClfB gene(More)
Neisseria meningitidis is a major cause of meningitis. Although protective vaccination is available against some pathogenic serogroups, serogroup B meningococci have been a challenge for vaccinologists. A family of outer membrane lipoproteins, LP2086 (or factor H binding proteins, fHbp), has been shown to elicit bactericidal antibodies and is currently part(More)