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Mol Med Today. 1999 Dec;5(12):532-7.

Extracellular-matrix-binding proteins as targets for the prevention of Staphylococcus aureus infections.

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Karolinska Institutet, Department of Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Huddinge University Hospital, F82. S-141 86 Huddinge, Sweden.


Staphylococcal infections cause a number of serious diseases, ranging from acute septicaemia to chronic problems such as osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. Resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem and has re-ignited interest in vaccines and in passive immunization with antibodies. Natural infections and vaccines based on whole bacteria lead to poor antibody responses, but recent research using animal models of several staphylococcal diseases reveals that vaccines based on recombinant staphylococcal extracellular-matrix-binding proteins are much more protective. Passive immunization with antibodies against one of these proteins (collagen-binding protein) also shows promise in a mouse model of sepsis.

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