Kiantra Ramey

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An efficacious vaccine is needed to control the morbidity and burden of rising healthcare costs associated with genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Despite considerable efforts, the development of reliable chlamydial vaccines using conventional strategies has proven to be elusive. The 40kDa major outer membrane protein (MOMP) of C. trachomatis is so(More)
Immunity to intracellular microbial pathogens, including Chlamydia species, is controlled primarily by cell-mediated effector mechanisms, yet, the absence of antibodies results in inefficient microbial clearance. We investigated the hypothesis that certain Fc receptor functions promote the rapid induction of elevated T helper type 1 (Th1) response, which(More)
Human African trypanosomiasis is a neglected disease caused by Trypanosoma brucei spp. A parasite cation pump (Ca(2+) ATPase; TBCA2) essential for survival and cation homeostasis was identified and characterized. It was hypothesized that targeting this pump using a Vibrio cholerae ghost (VCG)-based vaccine could protect against murine T. brucei infection.(More)
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