Gregory A. Price

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Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) plays an important role in expression of many cytokine genes including interleukin-2 and interleukin-4. However, its role in interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) expression is not well understood. In the current studies, two strong NFAT-binding sites in the IFN-gamma promoter were identified by DNase I footprint analysis(More)
The transferrin binding proteins (TbpA and TbpB) comprise the gonococcal transferrin receptor and are considered potential antigens for inclusion in a vaccine against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Intranasal (IN) immunization has shown promise in development of immunity against sexually transmitted disease pathogens, in part due to the induction of(More)
The secreted colonization factor, TcpF, which is produced by Vibrio cholerae 01 and 0139, has generated interest as a potential protective antigen in the development of a subunit vaccine against cholera. This study evaluated immunogenicity/protective efficacy of a TcpF holotoxin-like chimera (TcpF-A2-CTB) following intraperitoneal immunization compared to(More)
AIMS To examine the prevalence and patterns of smoking in pregnancy with the object of improving smokefree programmes in the region. METHODS A postal questionnaire on smoking in pregnancy was sent to all 1916 mothers giving singleton births in the Canterbury region over a five month period. There was a 71.7% response rate, however, smokers were(More)
We have previously demonstrated the full-length gonococcal transferrin binding proteins (TbpA and TbpB) to be promising antigens in the development of a protective vaccine against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In the current study we employed a genetic chimera approach fusing domains from TbpA and TbpB to the A2 domain of cholera toxin, which naturally binds in a(More)
In this study, we examined the immune response during gonococcal infection to the individual transferrin binding proteins by using a quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Recombinant transferrin binding protein A (rTbpA) and rTbpB were purified under nondenaturing conditions for use as ELISA antigens. Sera and secretions from(More)
Cholera toxin (CT) is the primary virulence factor responsible for severe cholera. Vibrio cholerae strains unable to produce CT show severe attenuation of virulence in animals and humans. The pentameric B subunit of CT (CTB) contains the immunodominant epitopes recognized by antibodies that neutralize CT. Although CTB is a potent immunogen and a promising(More)
Vibrio cholerae expresses two primary virulence factors, cholera toxin (CT) and the toxin-coregulated pilus (TCP). CT causes profuse watery diarrhea, and TCP (composed of repeating copies of the major pilin TcpA) is required for intestinal colonization by V. cholerae. Antibodies to CT or TcpA can protect against cholera in animal models. We developed a TcpA(More)
BACKGROUND PsA-TT (MenAfriVac) is a conjugated polysaccharide vaccine developed to eliminate group A meningococcal disease in Africa. Vaccination of African study participants with 1 dose of PsA-TT led to the production of anti-A polysaccharide antibodies and increased serum bactericidal activity measured using rabbit complement (rSBA). Bactericidal(More)
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