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Protective Immunity and New Vaccines for Lyme Disease.

Gomes-Solecki M, Arnaboldi PM, Backenson PB, Benach JL, Cooper CL, Dattwyler RJ, Diuk-Wasser M, Fikrig E, Hovius JW, Laegreid W, Lundberg U, Marconi RT, Marques AR, Molloy P, Narasimhan S, Pal U, Pedra JHF, Plotkin S, Rock DL, Rosa P, Telford SR, Tsao J, Yang XF, Schutzer SE.

Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 17. pii: ciz872. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz872. [Epub ahead of print]


Discovery of the Lyme Disease Agent.

Barbour AG, Benach JL.

mBio. 2019 Sep 17;10(5). pii: e02166-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02166-19.


Polymicrobial Nature of Tick-Borne Diseases.

Sanchez-Vicente S, Tagliafierro T, Coleman JL, Benach JL, Tokarz R.

mBio. 2019 Sep 10;10(5). pii: e02055-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02055-19.


Malaria and Lyme disease - the largest vector-borne US epidemics in the last 100 years: success and failure of public health.

Rochlin I, Ninivaggi DV, Benach JL.

BMC Public Health. 2019 Jun 24;19(1):804. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7069-6.


Lyme Neuroborreliosis: Clinical Outcomes, Controversy, Pathogenesis, and Polymicrobial Infections.

Garcia-Monco JC, Benach JL.

Ann Neurol. 2019 Jan;85(1):21-31. doi: 10.1002/ana.25389. Review.


HtrA of Borrelia burgdorferi Leads to Decreased Swarm Motility and Decreased Production of Pyruvate.

Coleman JL, Toledo A, Benach JL.

mBio. 2018 Jul 10;9(4). pii: e01136-18. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01136-18.


Lipid rafts can form in the inner and outer membranes of Borrelia burgdorferi and have different properties and associated proteins.

Toledo A, Huang Z, Coleman JL, London E, Benach JL.

Mol Microbiol. 2018 Apr;108(1):63-76. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13914. Epub 2018 Feb 15.


Analysis of Lipids and Lipid Rafts in Borrelia.

Toledo A, Huang Z, Benach JL, London E.

Methods Mol Biol. 2018;1690:69-82. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7383-5_6.


Ordered Membrane Domain-Forming Properties of the Lipids of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Huang Z, Toledo AM, Benach JL, London E.

Biophys J. 2016 Dec 20;111(12):2666-2675. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2016.11.012.


Hijacking and Use of Host Lipids by Intracellular Pathogens.

Toledo A, Benach JL.

Microbiol Spectr. 2015 Dec;3(6). doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.VMBF-0001-2014. Review.


Population and Evolutionary Genomics of Amblyomma americanum, an Expanding Arthropod Disease Vector.

Monzón JD, Atkinson EG, Henn BM, Benach JL.

Genome Biol Evol. 2016 May 12;8(5):1351-60. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw080.


Borrelia burgdorferi HtrA: evidence for twofold proteolysis of outer membrane protein p66.

Coleman JL, Toledo A, Benach JL.

Mol Microbiol. 2016 Jan;99(1):135-50. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13221. Epub 2015 Oct 20.


The lipid raft proteome of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Toledo A, Pérez A, Coleman JL, Benach JL.

Proteomics. 2015 Nov;15(21):3662-75. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201500093. Epub 2015 Sep 28.


Hypercholesterolemia and ApoE deficiency result in severe infection with Lyme disease and relapsing-fever Borrelia.

Toledo A, Monzón JD, Coleman JL, Garcia-Monco JC, Benach JL.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Apr 28;112(17):5491-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1502561112. Epub 2015 Apr 13.


Selective association of outer surface lipoproteins with the lipid rafts of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Toledo A, Crowley JT, Coleman JL, LaRocca TJ, Chiantia S, London E, Benach JL.

mBio. 2014 Mar 11;5(2):e00899-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00899-14.


Proving lipid rafts exist: membrane domains in the prokaryote Borrelia burgdorferi have the same properties as eukaryotic lipid rafts.

LaRocca TJ, Pathak P, Chiantia S, Toledo A, Silvius JR, Benach JL, London E.

PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(5):e1003353. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003353. Epub 2013 May 16.


A disconnect between the neurospirochetoses in humans and rodent models of disease.

Garcia-Monco JC, Benach JL.

PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(4):e1003288. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003288. Epub 2013 Apr 11. No abstract available.


The HtrA protease of Borrelia burgdorferi degrades outer membrane protein BmpD and chemotaxis phosphatase CheX.

Coleman JL, Crowley JT, Toledo AM, Benach JL.

Mol Microbiol. 2013 May;88(3):619-33. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12213. Epub 2013 Apr 9.


Lipid exchange between Borrelia burgdorferi and host cells.

Crowley JT, Toledo AM, LaRocca TJ, Coleman JL, London E, Benach JL.

PLoS Pathog. 2013 Jan;9(1):e1003109. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003109. Epub 2013 Jan 10.


Phenotypic, morphological, and functional heterogeneity of splenic immature myeloid cells in the host response to tularemia.

Rasmussen JW, Tam JW, Okan NA, Mena P, Furie MB, Thanassi DG, Benach JL, van der Velden AW.

Infect Immun. 2012 Jul;80(7):2371-81. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00365-12. Epub 2012 Apr 23.


A microbial association with autism.

Benach JL, Li E, McGovern MM.

mBio. 2012 Feb 14;3(1). pii: e00019-12. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00019-12. Print 2012.


The enolase of Borrelia burgdorferi is a plasminogen receptor released in outer membrane vesicles.

Toledo A, Coleman JL, Kuhlow CJ, Crowley JT, Benach JL.

Infect Immun. 2012 Jan;80(1):359-68. doi: 10.1128/IAI.05836-11. Epub 2011 Nov 14.


New antibody weapons against an old foe.

Benach JL.

mBio. 2011 Oct 11;2(5). pii: e00227-11. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00227-11. Print 2011.


Cholesterol lipids of Borrelia burgdorferi form lipid rafts and are required for the bactericidal activity of a complement-independent antibody.

LaRocca TJ, Crowley JT, Cusack BJ, Pathak P, Benach J, London E, Garcia-Monco JC, Benach JL.

Cell Host Microbe. 2010 Oct 21;8(4):331-42. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2010.09.001.


Francisella tularensis suppresses the proinflammatory response of endothelial cells via the endothelial protein C receptor.

Bublitz DC, Noah CE, Benach JL, Furie MB.

J Immunol. 2010 Jul 15;185(2):1124-31. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0902429. Epub 2010 Jun 11.


Phylogenetic analysis of a virulent Borrelia species isolated from patients with relapsing fever.

Toledo A, Anda P, Escudero R, Larsson C, Bergstrom S, Benach JL.

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Jul;48(7):2484-9. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00541-10. Epub 2010 May 12.


GroEL and lipopolysaccharide from Francisella tularensis live vaccine strain synergistically activate human macrophages.

Noah CE, Malik M, Bublitz DC, Camenares D, Sellati TJ, Benach JL, Furie MB.

Infect Immun. 2010 Apr;78(4):1797-806. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01135-09. Epub 2010 Feb 1.


The smpB-ssrA mutant of Yersinia pestis functions as a live attenuated vaccine to protect mice against pulmonary plague infection.

Okan NA, Mena P, Benach JL, Bliska JB, Karzai AW.

Infect Immun. 2010 Mar;78(3):1284-93. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00976-09. Epub 2010 Jan 11.


A tolC mutant of Francisella tularensis is hypercytotoxic compared to the wild type and elicits increased proinflammatory responses from host cells.

Platz GJ, Bublitz DC, Mena P, Benach JL, Furie MB, Thanassi DG.

Infect Immun. 2010 Mar;78(3):1022-31. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00992-09. Epub 2009 Dec 22.


Evidence that two ATP-dependent (Lon) proteases in Borrelia burgdorferi serve different functions.

Coleman JL, Katona LI, Kuhlow C, Toledo A, Okan NA, Tokarz R, Benach JL.

PLoS Pathog. 2009 Nov;5(11):e1000676. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1000676. Epub 2009 Nov 26.


The bactericidal effect of a complement-independent antibody is osmolytic and specific to Borrelia.

LaRocca TJ, Holthausen DJ, Hsieh C, Renken C, Mannella CA, Benach JL.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 30;106(26):10752-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0901858106. Epub 2009 Jun 19.


Francisella tularensis infection-derived monoclonal antibodies provide detection, protection, and therapy.

Savitt AG, Mena-Taboada P, Monsalve G, Benach JL.

Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2009 Mar;16(3):414-22. doi: 10.1128/CVI.00362-08. Epub 2009 Jan 28.


Vaccination of mice with a Yop translocon complex elicits antibodies that are protective against infection with F1- Yersinia pestis.

Ivanov MI, Noel BL, Rampersaud R, Mena P, Benach JL, Bliska JB.

Infect Immun. 2008 Nov;76(11):5181-90. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00189-08. Epub 2008 Sep 2.


Type IV pili in Francisella tularensis: roles of pilF and pilT in fiber assembly, host cell adherence, and virulence.

Chakraborty S, Monfett M, Maier TM, Benach JL, Frank DW, Thanassi DG.

Infect Immun. 2008 Jul;76(7):2852-61. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01726-07. Epub 2008 Apr 21.


A conserved and immunodominant lipoprotein of Francisella tularensis is proinflammatory but not essential for virulence.

Forestal CA, Gil H, Monfett M, Noah CE, Platz GJ, Thanassi DG, Benach JL, Furie MB.

Microb Pathog. 2008 Jun;44(6):512-23. doi: 10.1016/j.micpath.2008.01.003. Epub 2008 Jan 17.


The important and diverse roles of antibodies in the host response to Borrelia infections.

LaRocca TJ, Benach JL.

Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2008;319:63-103. Review.


Francisella tularensis has a significant extracellular phase in infected mice.

Forestal CA, Malik M, Catlett SV, Savitt AG, Benach JL, Sellati TJ, Furie MB.

J Infect Dis. 2007 Jul 1;196(1):134-7. Epub 2007 May 23.


Mac-1+ cells are the predominant subset in the early hepatic lesions of mice infected with Francisella tularensis.

Rasmussen JW, Cello J, Gil H, Forestal CA, Furie MB, Thanassi DG, Benach JL.

Infect Immun. 2006 Dec;74(12):6590-8. Epub 2006 Sep 25.


Deletion of TolC orthologs in Francisella tularensis identifies roles in multidrug resistance and virulence.

Gil H, Platz GJ, Forestal CA, Monfett M, Bakshi CS, Sellati TJ, Furie MB, Benach JL, Thanassi DG.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 22;103(34):12897-902. Epub 2006 Aug 14.


Babesia microti and Borrelia burgdorferi follow independent courses of infection in mice.

Coleman JL, LeVine D, Thill C, Kuhlow C, Benach JL.

J Infect Dis. 2005 Nov 1;192(9):1634-41. Epub 2005 Sep 20.


Murine microglia are effective phagocytes for Borrelia burgdorferi.

Kuhlow CJ, Garcia-Monco JC, Coleman JL, Benach JL.

J Neuroimmunol. 2005 Nov;168(1-2):183-7. Epub 2005 Aug 24.


The versatile roles of antibodies in Borrelia infections.

Connolly SE, Benach JL.

Nat Rev Microbiol. 2005 May;3(5):411-20. Review.


The live vaccine strain of Francisella tularensis replicates in human and murine macrophages but induces only the human cells to secrete proinflammatory cytokines.

Bolger CE, Forestal CA, Italo JK, Benach JL, Furie MB.

J Leukoc Biol. 2005 Jun;77(6):893-7. Epub 2005 Mar 9. Review.


The fur homologue in Borrelia burgdorferi.

Katona LI, Tokarz R, Kuhlow CJ, Benach J, Benach JL.

J Bacteriol. 2004 Oct;186(19):6443-56.


Presence of pili on the surface of Francisella tularensis.

Gil H, Benach JL, Thanassi DG.

Infect Immun. 2004 May;72(5):3042-7.


Whole-genome DNA array analysis of the response of Borrelia burgdorferi to a bactericidal monoclonal antibody.

Anderton JM, Tokarz R, Thill CD, Kuhlow CJ, Brooks CS, Akins DR, Katona LI, Benach JL.

Infect Immun. 2004 Apr;72(4):2035-44.

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