Raquel Demarco de Hormaeche

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A vector has been constructed to allow genetic fusions of guest antigens via a hinge domain to the C terminus of the highly immunogenic C fragment of tetanus toxin. A fusion has been constructed with the gene encoding the protective 28-kDa glutathione S-transferase (EC from Schistosoma mansoni. The recombinant vector has been electroporated into(More)
The role of the main LPS O antigen in the specificity of protection as mediated by systemic mechanisms following immunization with live attenuated Aro Salmonella vaccines was studied in mice. Innately Salmonella-susceptible (Itys) BALB/c mice were immunized intravenously with a single dose of either Salmonella typhimurium SL3261 aroA (LPS O4,5,12) or(More)
Organisms from the Burkholderia cepacia complex are important pathogens in cystic fibrosis and are associated with increased rates of sepsis and death. These organisms comprise nine closely related species known as genomovars. B. cenocepacia (genomovar III) is the most prevalent and appears the most virulent. We investigated the biological activity of a(More)
Fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) are candidate molecules for vaccines against several parasitic platyhelminths. A FABP from the cestode Echinococcus granulosus (EgDf1) was expressed in Salmonella vaccine strains as a C-terminal fusion to fragment C of tetanus toxin (TetC) by using expression vector pTECH. The fusion protein was equally expressed in(More)
An aroA mutant of gonococcal strain MS11 was constructed (JKD298) and compared with the wild-type (JKD288). The requirement of JKD298 for aromatic compounds, typical of an aroA mutant, was demonstrated using defined media. Other than the expected auxotrophy, no further differences could be demonstrated between the parent and the aroA mutant. SDS-PAGE(More)
Genetic fusions have been constructed between the highly immunogenic but atoxic fragment C of tetanus toxin and a guest peptide, aa115-131, from the protective 28-kDa glutathione S-transferase Ag of Schistosoma mansoni. Fusions have been assembled to express one, two, four, and eight tandem copies of the peptide. The recombinant vectors have been(More)
Live attenuated salmonella vaccines generally confer better protection than killed vaccines. The immune responses in BALB/c mice elicited by immunization with a live attenuated Aro Salmonella typhimurium vaccine given orally, intravenously or subcutaneously were compared with those elicited by killed whole-cell vaccines (acetone or heat-treated) given(More)
Administration of anti-TNF alpha antiserum enhanced a sublethal infection with salmonellae of moderate virulence (Salmonella typhimurium M525) in innately susceptible (Ity(s)) BALB/c mice, indicating that TNF alpha is important in the early response which suppresses bacterial growth in the reticuloendothelial system (RES). However, only transient low levels(More)
beta-Galactosidase (GZ) is an intracellular protein that is frequently used to express cloned antigens as fusion proteins in Escherichia coli. Salmonella typhimurium strain SL3261, an attenuated aroA vaccine strain, was used as a carrier for the plasmid pXY411, which directs the expression of GZ in salmonellae (which do not normally produce this protein).(More)
Mice immunized intravenously 10 days earlier (but not those immunized 2 months earlier) with an attenuated Salmonella typhimurium SL3261 aroA live vaccine and tested for delayed-type hypersensitivity by injection of crude Salmonella extracts in the footpad can die within 24 to 48 h of an unexplained allergic reaction. The lethal reaction could be prevented(More)