Characterization of a Salmonella typhimurium aro vaccine strain expressing the P.69 antigen of Bordetella pertussis

R. Strugnell, G. Dougan, S. Chatfield, I. Charles, N. Fairweather, J. Tite, Li Li Jing Li Li, J. Beesley, M. Roberts

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Abstract

The P.69 Bordetella pertussis protective antigen was expressed by use of the trc promoter from the chromosome of a Salmonella typhimurium aro vaccine strain, BRD509, by integrating the prn gene, encoding the 93-kDa precursor of this protein, into the aroC locus. P.69 was detected on the cell surface of the S. typhimurium strain (BRD640) by agglutination and immunoelectron microscopy. BALB/c mice immunized orally or intravenously with BRD640 showed a significant level of protection against an aerosol challenge with virulent B. pertussis, compared with control animals. No anti-P.69 antibodies in the serum or anti-P.69 antibody-secreting cells in the lungs were detected in BRD640-vaccinated animals, although cells isolated from spleens showed a P.69-dependent cell proliferative response. In contrast, low levels of anti- P.69 antibodies in the serum and anti-P.69 antibody-secreting cells in the lungs were detected in immunized mice following a B. pertussis challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3994-4002
Number of pages9
JournalInfection and Immunity
Volume60
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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