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[Co-expression of CFA/I and CS6 of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli ( ETEC ) in Shigella flexneri 2a T32 Derivative Strain FWL01].

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Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, Beijing 100071, China.


Among the known colonization factors of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), CFA/I and CS6 (the common antigen in the CFA/IV fimbrial antigens ) are two of the most prevalent fimbriae found in clinical isolates but are never expressed by the same wild-type strains. In this study, CFA/I and CS6 of ETEC were co-expressed in Shigella flexneri 2a T32 derivative strain FWL01 by using a host-plasmid lethal balancing system based on asd gene. The results indicate that the recombinant plasmid carrying CFA/I and CS6 could be stably integrated in FWL01. Expression of the two antigens did not interfere the host growth. The results of immunofluorescence analysis showed that CFA/I and CS6 were localized on the surface of the strain FWL01. In Balb/c mice orally immunized with the recombinant strain, the immune responses against CFA/I and CS6 were observed. Those observations show the feasibility of a multivalent vaccine expressing different fimbrial antigens in attenuated Shigella flexneri.

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