We examined the potential of inactivated Salmonella strains to induce protective antibodies against two adhesins of pathogenic Escherichia coli. The receptor-binding domains of the F17a-G adhesin of F17a fimbriae and of the FimH adhesin of type 1 fimbriae were fused to the translocator domain of the autotransporter AIDA-I. An IgG response against F17a-G or FimH was induced after immunization of mice with acetone-inactivated Salmonella displaying the corresponding fimbrial receptor-binding domain. These sera inhibit in vitro agglutination of erythrocytes by E. coli carrying these fimbriae. Our results demonstrate that induced and subsequently acetone-inactivated Salmonella are useful delivery vehicles for the stimulation of an IgG antibody response against heterologous antigens.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
- Type 1 fimbriae
- F17 fimbriae