Yun-Zhou Yu

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The botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) produced by Clostridium botulinum are the most poisonous protein substances known. The neutralizing antibodies against botulinum neurotoxin can effectively prevent and cure the toxicosis. Using purified Hc fragments of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A-Hc) as antigen, 2 specific neutralizing antibodies mapping(More)
In current study, the immunogenicity of a plasmid DNA replicon vaccine (pSCARSHc) encoding the Hc domain of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (AHc) was investigated and compared with a conventional plasmid DNA vaccine (pcDNASHc) encoding the same antigen. In vitro, pSCARSHc incorporating Semliki Forest virus (SFV) replicon could express AHc(More)
NakedDNA vaccines given by intramuscular injection are efficient in mouse models, but they require improvement for human use. As the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines depends, to a large extent, on the presence of CpG motifs as built-in adjuvants, we addressed this issue by inserting three types of human CpG motifs (A-type, B-type, and C-type) into the(More)
Human botulism is commonly associated with botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes A, B, E and F. This suggests that the greatest need is for a tetravalent vaccine that provides protection against all four of these serotypes. In current study, we investigated the feasibility of generating several tetravalent vaccines that protected mice against the four(More)
Because of the central role it plays in the formation of lethal toxin and edema toxin, protective antigen (PA) is the principal target for the development of vaccines against anthrax. In the present study, we explored and compared the in vitro and in vivo activities of recombinant anthrax protective antigen (rPA) and receptor binding domain of protective(More)
Vaccination with recombinant His-tagged isoforms of the Clostridium botulinum Hc domain of neurotoxin serotype A (rAHc) have effectively protected against challenge with active botulinum neurotoxin serotype A. To establish a formulation suitable for human use, rAHc was expressed in Escherichia coli without a His-tag and purified by sequential chromatography(More)
Active immunotherapy targeting β-amyloid (Aβ) is the most promising strategy to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease (AD). Based on pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, a safe and effective AD vaccine requires a delicate balance between providing therapeutically adequate anti-Aβ antibodies and eliminating or suppressing unwanted adverse T cell-mediated(More)
Targeting on the amyloid-β (Aβ) is a promising immunotherapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, Aβ(1-15) sequence alone induces low antibody response and poor protection against AD. We describe here the immunological characterization and protective efficacy of several recombinant chimeric vaccines with hexavalent foldable Aβ(1-15) (6Aβ15)(More)
Granulocyte-macrophage clony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is an attractive adjuvant for a DNA vaccine on account of its ability to recruit antigen-presenting cells to the site of antigen synthesis as well as stimulate the maturation of dendritic cells.This study evaluated the utility of GM-CSF as a plasmid DNA replicon vaccine adjuvants for botulinum(More)
The receptor-binding domain of tetanus toxin (THc), which mediates the binding of the toxin to the nerve cells, is a candidate subunit vaccine against tetanus. In this study one synthetic gene encoding the THc was constructed and highly expressed in Escherichia coli by co-expression with thioredoxin (Trx). The purified THc-vaccinated mice were completely(More)