Franklin Sotolongo

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Neisseria meningitidis is a Gram-negative bacterium responsible for significant mortality worldwide. While effective polysaccharides-based vaccines exist against serogroups A, C, W135, and Y, no similar vaccine is suitable for children under 4 years against disease caused by serogroup B strains. Therefore, major vaccine efforts against this serogroup are(More)
CONTEXT Meningococcal disease occurs worldwide, and serogroup B disease accounts for a large proportion of cases. Although persons younger than 4 years are at greatest risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease, vaccine efficacy has not been demonstrated in this age group. OBJECTIVE To evaluate serum bactericidal activity (SBA) against homologous vaccine(More)
Serum bactericidal activity (SBA) and ELISA antibody levels elicited by two efficacious serogroup B meningococcal vaccines were measured in a controlled trial involving 408 15- to 20-year-olds. Subjects were given two doses at a 6-week interval of a serogroup B or control vaccine. Response was defined as > or = 4-fold rise in antibody level. After two doses(More)
BACKGROUND The serogroup B meningococcus is responsible for the majority of cases of meningococcal disease in temperate countries. Infants and young children <2 years of age are at greatest risk of disease. This study assessed the immunogenicity in infants of a serogroup B meningococcal outer membrane protein vaccine that has been used extensively in(More)
The polysaccharides (Ps) are thymus-independent 2 (TI-2) antigens and poor immunogens in infants and young children; as a result of this delayed response to Ps antigens during ontogeny, infants and young children are highly susceptible to infections caused by encapsulated bacteria. Meningococcal group C polysaccharide (PsC)-proteins conjugate vaccines have(More)
This work presents the results from a study of the protein composition of outer membrane vesicles from VA-MENGOC-BC (Finlay Institute, Cuba), an available vaccine against serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis. Proteins were identified by means of SCAPE, a 2DE-free method for proteome studies. More than one hundred proteins were detected by tandem liquid(More)
Introduction Approximately 1.2 million cases of meningococcal disease are reported every year throughout the world, with an estimate of 170 000 deaths and a significant number of convalescents with permanent sequelae [1]. Although effective vaccines based on the individual polysaccharides from Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y and W135 are currently(More)
We investigated the population genetics in collections of meningococci sampled in Cuba during the period 1983-2005, thereby covering a period before and after the introduction of an antimeningococcal B-C vaccine. A total of 163 case isolates and 210 isolates from healthy carriers were characterized by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and sequence(More)