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Vaccine. 2008 Oct 16;26(44):5662-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.07.027. Epub 2008 Sep 21.

Efficient immune responses against Intimin and EspB of enterohaemorragic Escherichia coli after intranasal vaccination using the TLR2/6 agonist MALP-2 as adjuvant.

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Institute of Biotechnology, INTA Castelar, Argentina.


Mucosal vaccine formulations based on purified recombinant C280 gamma-Intimin and EspB (Escherichia coli secreted protein B) from enterohaemorragic E. coli co-administered with a pegylated derivative of the TLR2/6 agonist MALP-2 (macrophage-activating lipopeptide) as adjuvant were evaluated in BALB/c mice. After intranasal vaccination, strong humoral and cellular immune responses were observed against C280 gamma-Intimin and EspB. Sera of immunized mice inhibit bacterial haemolytic activity in vitro. Antigen-specific T-cell proliferation, IL-4, IL-2 and IFN-gamma producing cells, and secretory IgA were mostly detected in animals receiving MALP-2 as adjuvant. These results suggest that C280 gamma-Intimin and EspB are good candidate antigens to be incorporated into mucosal vaccines against this important pathogen.

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