Wilson Barros Luiz

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Bacillus subtilis has been successfully engineered to express heterologous antigens genetically fused to surface-exposed spore coat proteins as a vaccine vehicle endowed with remarkable heat resistance and probiotic effects for both humans and animals. Nonetheless, the immunogenicity of passenger antigens expressed by B. subtilis spores is low particularly(More)
Bacillus subtilis spores have been used as safe and heat-resistant antigen delivery vectors. Nonetheless, the oral administration of spores typically induces weak immune responses to the passenger antigens, which may be attributed to the fast transit through the gastrointestinal tract. To overcome this limitation, we have developed B. subtilis spores(More)
Recombinant Bacillus subtilis strains, either spores or vegetative cells, may be employed as safe and low cost orally delivered live vaccine vehicles. In this study, we report the use of an orally delivered B. subtilis vaccine strain to boost systemic and secreted antibody responses in mice i.m. primed with a DNA vaccine encoding the structural subunit(More)
Recombinant Bacillus subtilis strains, either in the form of spores or vegetative cells, may be employed as safe and low-cost vaccine vehicles. In this study, we studied the role of promoter sequences and antigen-sorting signals on the immunogenicity based on previously constructed B. subtilis episomal expression systems. Mice orally immunized with spores(More)
Repeated evidence has demonstrated that combined primer-booster immunization regimens can improve both secreted and humoral immune responses to antigens derived from viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens. For the present work, we evaluated the synergic serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) and fecal IgA antibody responses elicited in BALB/c mice who were(More)
Development of effective vaccines against diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains is still a priority for those living at or traveling to endemic regions. In this work, we evaluated the protective role of an anti-ETEC vaccine regimen based on parenteral priming with a DNA vaccine, pRECFA, followed by oral boosting with a(More)
Bacillus subtilis spores have received growing attention regarding potential biotechnological applications, including the use as probiotics and in vaccine formulations. B. subtilis spores have also been shown to behave as particulate vaccine adjuvants, promoting the increase of antibody responses after co-administration with antigens either admixed or(More)
Colonization surface antigens (CSs) represent key virulence-associated factors of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains. They are required for gut colonization, the first step of the diarrhoeal disease process induced by these bacteria. One of the most prevalent CSs is CS21, or longus, a type IV pili associated with bacterial self-aggregation,(More)
The oral pathogen Streptococcus mutans expresses a surface protein, P1, which interacts with the salivary pellicle on the tooth surface or with fluid-phase saliva, resulting in bacterial adhesion or aggregation, respectively. P1 is a target of protective immunity. Its N-terminal region has been associated with adhesion and aggregation functions and contains(More)
Bacillus subtilis endospores have applications in different fields including their use as probiotics and antigen delivery vectors. Such specialized applications frequently require highly purified spore preparations. Nonetheless, quantitative data regarding both yields and purity of B. subtilis endospores after application of different growth conditions and(More)