Germie P. J. M. van den Dobbelsteen

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BACKGROUND An improved nonavalent PorA native outer membrane vesicle vaccine was developed with intrinsic adjuvating activity due to presence of less-toxic (lpxL1) LPS. In the present study, the safety and immunogenicity of this next-generation NonaMen vaccine were evaluated following repeated vaccination in rabbits and mice. METHODS A repeated-dose(More)
BACKGROUND The first meningococcal serogroup C (MenC) conjugate vaccine was licensed in 1999 and introduced in the United Kingdom. Countries that have implemented the MenC vaccine since then in their national immunisation programmes use different schedules. Nevertheless, all involved countries seem to experience substantial declines in the incidence of MenC(More)
Pneumolysin (PLY), a toxin synthesized by Streptococcus pneumoniae, is an important virulence factor in pneumococcal disease. This study evaluated the effects of PLY in lungs of mice. Intranasal inoculation with PLY was associated with a dose-dependent influx of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and increased(More)
Pertussis has recently re-emerged in well-vaccinated populations most likely due to a combination of pathogen adaptation and waning of vaccine-induced pertussis immunity. Changes in genomic content of the etiologic agent, Bordetella pertussis, observed in the postvaccination era can have a bearing on the efficacy of vaccines currently in use. Moreover,(More)
To study the reactogenicity and immunogenicity of a hexavalent meningococcal outer-membrane-vesicle vaccine (OMV), two different dosages of this vaccine (7.5 and 15 microg of individual PorA proteins) consisting of vesicles expressing class 1 outer-membrane proteins (OMPs) of subtypes P1.7,16; P1.5,2; P1.19,15 and P1.5(c), 10; P1.12,13; P1.7(h),4 were(More)
Different delivery vehicles may target to different antigen presenting cells (APC) because of their composition, size and/or physical properties. In this study, we examined the priming of cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses to a soluble exogenous protein in vivo, using various delivery vehicles. In addition, we determined the role of macrophages as APC(More)
Semipurified Quil A and purified Quil A were used to prepare well-characterized subunit vaccine candidates against measles. Variation in the relative amounts of the measles virus (MV) fusion (F) protein, Quil A-components and lipids did not influence induction of antibody responses in mice, but had a pronounced effect on the capacity to induce cytotoxic T(More)
Protection against infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae depends on the presence of antibodies against capsular polysaccharides that facilitate phagocytosis. Asplenic patients are at increased risk for pneumococcal infections, since both phagocytosis and the initiation of the antibody response to polysaccharides take place in the spleen. Therefore,(More)
The cost-effectiveness of one time vaccination of all persons aged 14 months to 18 years (catch-up programme) and of routine childhood immunisation at either ages 2 + 3 + 4 months, 5 + 6 months, or 14 months with a meningococcal C conjugate vaccine was estimated for The Netherlands, from a societal and a health care payer perspective. A decision analysis(More)
A clinical phase II trial with the RIVM hexavalent OMV vaccine containing six different PorAs was carried out in toddlers (2-3 years) and schoolchildren (7-8 years) in The Netherlands. Children were vaccinated three times (0, 2, 8 months). Sera after two and three vaccinations were analysed for serum bactericidal activity (SBA) and isotype distribution in(More)