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Bryan T Welly, Michael R Miller, Jeffrey L Stott, Myra T Blanchard, Alma D Islas-Trejo, Sean M O Rourke, Amy E Young, Juan F Medrano, Alison L Van Eenennaam
Epizootic bovine abortion (EBA), or "foothill abortion", is the leading cause of beef cattle abortion in California and has also been reported in Nevada and Oregon. In the 1970's, the soft-shelled tick Ornithodoros coriaceus, or "pajaroello tick", was confirmed as the disease-transmitting vector. In 2005, a novel Deltaproteobacterium was discovered as the etiologic agent of EBA (aoEBA), recently named Pajaroellobacter abortibovis This organism cannot be grown in culture using traditional microbiological techniques; it can only be grown in experimentally-infected severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice...
December 30, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Beverley C Millar, P J A Moore, J E Moore
Meningococcal disease is a worldwide life-threatening infection associated in many cases with debilitating long-term sequelae, both within the military and civilian populations. Military recruits are at a higher risk of acquiring this infection due to numerous factors, such as young recruits in the age group 18-25 years, high carriage rates of meningococci, communal and crowed living quarters and global deployment or training in regions with different meningococcal serogroup epidemiology. Although these increased risk factors among young recruits remain, the increased incidence of disease is now historic...
December 30, 2016: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Danilo G Moriel, Lendl Tan, Kelvin G K Goh, Minh-Duy Phan, Deepak S Ipe, Alvin W Lo, Kate M Peters, Glen C Ulett, Scott A Beatson, Mark A Schembri
Escherichia coli is a versatile pathogen capable of causing intestinal and extraintestinal infections that result in a huge burden of global human disease. The diversity of E. coli is reflected by its multiple different pathotypes and mosaic genome composition. E. coli strains are also a major driver of antibiotic resistance, emphasizing the urgent need for new treatment and prevention measures. Here, we used a large data set comprising 1,700 draft and complete genomes to define the core and accessory genome of E...
November 2016: MSphere
Patricia Rubio Reyes, Natalie A Parlane, D Neil Wedlock, Bernd H A Rehm
Traditional approaches to vaccine development have failed to identify better vaccines to replace or supplement BCG for the control of tuberculosis (TB). Subunit vaccines offer a safer and more reproducible alternative for the prevention of diseases. In this study, the immunogenicity of bacterially derived polyester beads displaying three different Rv antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was evaluated. Polyester beads displaying the antigens Rv1626, Rv2032, Rv1789, respectively, were produced in an endotoxin-free Escherichia coli strain...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Junfei Wei, Ashish Damania, Xin Gao, Zhuyun Liu, Rojelio Mejia, Makedonka Mitreva, Ulrich Strych, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, Bin Zhan
BACKGROUND: The intestine of hookworms contains enzymes and proteins involved in the blood-feeding process of the parasite and is therefore a promising source of possible vaccine antigens. One such antigen, the hemoglobin-digesting intestinal aspartic protease known as Na-APR-1 from the human hookworm Necator americanus, is currently a lead candidate antigen in clinical trials, as is Na-GST-1 a heme-detoxifying glutathione S-transferase. METHODS: In order to discover additional hookworm vaccine antigens, messenger RNA was obtained from the intestine of male hookworms, Ancylostoma ceylanicum, maintained in hamsters...
September 27, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Afreenish Hassan, Anam Naz, Ayesha Obaid, Rehan Zafar Paracha, Kanwal Naz, Faryal Mehwish Awan, Syed Aun Muhmmad, Hussnain Ahmed Janjua, Jamil Ahmad, Amjad Ali
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as a significant nosocomial pathogen during the last few years, exhibiting resistance to almost all major classes of antibiotics. Alternative treatment options such as vaccines tend to be most promising and cost effective approaches against this resistant pathogen. In the current study, we have explored the pan-genome of A. baumannii followed by immune-proteomics and reverse vaccinology approaches to identify potential core vaccine targets...
2016: BMC Genomics
Susan Zolla-Pazner, Rebecca Powell, Sara Yahyaei, Constance Williams, Xunqing Jiang, Wei Li, Shan Lu, Shixia Wang, Chitra Upadhyay, Catarina E Hioe, Max Totrov, Xiangpeng Kong
: Strong antibody (Ab) responses against V1V2 epitopes of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gp120 envelope (Env) correlated with reduced infection rates in studies of HIV, simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV), and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). In order to focus the Ab response on V1V2, we used six V1V2 sequences and nine scaffold proteins to construct immunogens which were tested using various immunization regimens for their ability to induce cross-reactive and biologically active V2 Abs in rabbits...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Virology
Adel Mahmoud
Vaccines have been a major component of preventing and controlling infectious diseases. The basis for discovery of what protects is reviewed as well as new attempts in utilizing Reverse Vaccinology, RNA-RNA methods and proteome analysis are adding significantly to our knowledge. The challenge of how to define protective and defined components of microbes is still hampering efforts to discover new vaccines. Recent excitement about immunotherapy of cancer opens the way to develop vaccines against multiple malignancies...
September 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
Claudia Avis Madampage, Don Wilson, Hugh Townsend, Gordon Crockford, Neil Rawlyk, Donna Dent, Brock Evans, Joyce Van Donkersgoed, Craig Dorin, Andrew Potter
Histophilosis, a mucosal and septicemic infection of cattle is caused by the Gram negative pathogen Histophilus somni (H. somni). As existing vaccines against H. somni infection have shown to be of limited efficacy, we used a reverse vaccinology approach to identify new vaccine candidates. Three groups (B, C, D) of cattle were immunized with subunit vaccines and a control group (group A) was vaccinated with adjuvant alone. All four groups were challenged with H. somni. The results demonstrate that there was no significant difference in clinical signs, joint lesions, weight change or rectal temperature between any of the vaccinated groups (B,C,D) vs the control group A...
2016: PloS One
Siobhán McClean
With the continued march of antimicrobial resistance, a renewed impetus for better vaccines has been heralded. Identification of potent subunit vaccines has been greatly facilitated by recent developments in reverse vaccinology and proteomics strategies. There are a range of antimicrobial resistant bacterial pathogens that could be targeted by potent vaccine antigens identified within the coming years. However, cost is a significant hurdle in progressing lead antigen candidates to clinical trials. In order for novel vaccine technologies to realize their clinical potential, there is a requirement to improve investment and incentives to expedite the development of vaccines that are apparently efficacious in preclinical trials...
December 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Vanessa Casas, Santiago Vadillo, Carlos San Juan, Montserrat Carrascal, Joaquin Abian
Brachyspira hyodysenteriae and Brachyspira pilosicoli are well-known intestinal pathogens in pigs. B. hyodysenteriae is the causative agent of swine dysentery, a disease with an important impact on pig production while B. pilosicoli is responsible of a milder diarrheal disease in these animals, porcine intestinal spirochetosis. Recent sequencing projects have provided information for the genome of these species facilitating the search of vaccine candidates using reverse vaccinology approaches. However, practically no experimental evidence exists of the actual gene products being expressed and of those proteins exposed on the cell surface or released to the cell media...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
A E Lew-Tabor, M Rodriguez Valle
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October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Richard Reeve, Daryl W Borley, Francois F Maree, Sasmita Upadhyaya, Azwidowi Lukhwareni, Jan J Esterhuysen, William T Harvey, Belinda Blignaut, Elizabeth E Fry, Satya Parida, David J Paton, Mana Mahapatra
Quantifying and predicting the antigenic characteristics of a virus is something of a holy grail for infectious disease research because of its central importance to the emergence of new strains, the severity of outbreaks, and vaccine selection. However, these characteristics are defined by a complex interplay of viral and host factors so that phylogenetic measures of viral similarity are often poorly correlated to antigenic relationships. Here, we generate antigenic phylogenies that track the phenotypic evolution of two serotypes of foot-and-mouth disease virus by combining host serology and viral sequence data to identify sites that are critical to their antigenic evolution...
2016: PloS One
Marine Meunier, Muriel Guyard-Nicodème, Edouard Hirchaud, Alberto Parra, Marianne Chemaly, Daniel Dory
Campylobacteriosis is the most prevalent bacterial foodborne gastroenteritis affecting humans in the European Union. Human cases are mainly due to Campylobacter jejuni or Campylobacter coli, and contamination is associated with the handling and/or consumption of poultry meat. In fact, poultry constitutes the bacteria's main reservoir. A promising way of decreasing the incidence of campylobacteriosis in humans would be to decrease avian colonization. Poultry vaccination is of potential for this purpose. However, despite many studies, there is currently no vaccine available on the market to reduce the intestinal Campylobacter load in chickens...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Josipa Kuleš, Anita Horvatić, Nicolas Guillemin, Asier Galan, Vladimir Mrljak, Mangesh Bhide
Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) present a major threat to human and animal health, as well as place a substantial burden on livestock production. As a way of sustainable VBD control, focus is set on vaccine development. Advances in genomics and other "omics" over the past two decades have given rise to a "third generation" of vaccines based on technologies such as reverse vaccinology, functional genomics, immunomics, structural vaccinology and the systems biology approach. The application of omics approaches is shortening the time required to develop the vaccines and increasing the probability of discovery of potential vaccine candidates...
August 16, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Parvanè Kuhdari, Armando Stefanati, Silvia Lupi, Nicoletta Valente, Giovanni Gabutti
Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) represents a severe risk for health. It can be considered the most dangerous vaccine-preventable disease due to the high probability of related permanent sequelae and death. The introduction in many countries of the conjugate vaccines against A, C, W135, and Y meningococcal serogroups influenced significantly the impact of the disease. Recently, the difficulties in obtaining an effective vaccine against meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) have been get over through the reverse vaccinology, enabling the recognition of some antigens providing a response against most of circulating MenB strains worldwide...
June 2016: Pathogens and Global Health
Ankita Sharma, G Soundhara Rajan, Rupsi Kharb, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) is a pathogen associated with respiratory tract infection of humans and its viable presence in atherosclerotic plaques is also assumed to play significant function in cardiac diseases. Unavailability of effective antimicrobial drugs has implicated the urgent need of some more disease associated vaccines that may provide relief efficiently. Thus, present study has been undertaken to analyse the whole proteome of C. pneumoniae in order to propose bacterial proteins as candidate vaccine for CAD by taking the aid of 'Reverse Vaccinology'...
2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Ryszard A Zielke, Igor H Wierzbicki, Benjamin I Baarda, Philip R Gafken, Olusegun O Soge, King K Holmes, Ann E Jerse, Magnus Unemo, Aleksandra E Sikora
Expanding efforts to develop preventive gonorrhea vaccines is critical because of the dire possibility of untreatable gonococcal infections. Reverse vaccinology, which includes genome and proteome mining, has proven very successful in the discovery of vaccine candidates against many pathogenic bacteria. However, progress with this approach for a gonorrhea vaccine remains in its infancy. Accordingly, we applied a comprehensive proteomic platform-isobaric tagging for absolute quantification coupled with two-dimensional liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry-to identify potential gonococcal vaccine antigens...
July 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Negar Seyed, Tahereh Taheri, Sima Rafati
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that primarily affects Asia, Africa, South America, and the Mediterranean basin. Despite extensive efforts to develop an effective prophylactic vaccine, no promising vaccine is available yet. However, recent advancements in computational vaccinology on the one hand and genome sequencing approaches on the other have generated new hopes in vaccine development. Computational genome mining for new vaccine candidates is known as reverse vaccinology and is believed to further extend the current list of Leishmania vaccine candidates...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
André de Abreu Rangel Aguirre, Francisco Pereira Lobo, Rodrigo Casquero Cunha, Marcos Valério Garcia, Renato Andreotti
Tick infestation may cause several problems including affecting domestic animal health and reducing the production of meat and milk, among others. Resistance to several classes of acaricides have been reported, forcing researchers to search for alternative measures, such as vaccines against ticks, to ensure tick control while having no or at least low negative impacts on the environment and public health. However, the current commercially available vaccines in different strains of Rhipicephalus microplus are reported to be of low efficacy...
May 15, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
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