GNA 1870 is a novel surface-exposed lipoprotein, identified by genome analysis of Neisseria meningitidis strain MC58, which induces bactericidal antibodies. Three sequence variants of the protein were shown to be sufficient to induce bactericidal antibodies against a panel of strains representative of the diversity of serogroup B meningococci. Here, we studied the antigenic and immunogenic properties of GNA 1870, which for convenience was divided into domains A, B, and C. The immune responses of mice immunized with each of the three variants were tested using overlapping peptides scanning the entire protein length and using recombinant fragments. We found that while most of the linear epitopes are located in the A domain, the bactericidal antibodies are directed against conformational epitopes located in the BC domain. This was also confirmed by the isolation of a bactericidal murine monoclonal antibody, which failed to recognize linear peptides on the A, B, and C domains separately but recognized a conformational epitope formed only by the combination of the B and C domains. Arginine in position 204 was identified as important for binding of the monoclonal antibody. The identification of the region containing bactericidal epitopes is an important step in the design of new vaccines against meningococci

M. M., G., L., S., B., B., A., B., B., A., F., D.M., et al. (2005). The region comprising amino acids 100 to 255 of Neisseria meningitidis lipoprotein GNA 1870 elicits bactericidal antibodies. INFECTION AND IMMUNITY, 73(2), 1151-1160 [10.1128/IAI.73.2.1151-1160.2005].

The region comprising amino acids 100 to 255 of Neisseria meningitidis lipoprotein GNA 1870 elicits bactericidal antibodies

LOZZI, LUISA;
2005

Abstract

GNA 1870 is a novel surface-exposed lipoprotein, identified by genome analysis of Neisseria meningitidis strain MC58, which induces bactericidal antibodies. Three sequence variants of the protein were shown to be sufficient to induce bactericidal antibodies against a panel of strains representative of the diversity of serogroup B meningococci. Here, we studied the antigenic and immunogenic properties of GNA 1870, which for convenience was divided into domains A, B, and C. The immune responses of mice immunized with each of the three variants were tested using overlapping peptides scanning the entire protein length and using recombinant fragments. We found that while most of the linear epitopes are located in the A domain, the bactericidal antibodies are directed against conformational epitopes located in the BC domain. This was also confirmed by the isolation of a bactericidal murine monoclonal antibody, which failed to recognize linear peptides on the A, B, and C domains separately but recognized a conformational epitope formed only by the combination of the B and C domains. Arginine in position 204 was identified as important for binding of the monoclonal antibody. The identification of the region containing bactericidal epitopes is an important step in the design of new vaccines against meningococci
M. M., G., L., S., B., B., A., B., B., A., F., D.M., et al. (2005). The region comprising amino acids 100 to 255 of Neisseria meningitidis lipoprotein GNA 1870 elicits bactericidal antibodies. INFECTION AND IMMUNITY, 73(2), 1151-1160 [10.1128/IAI.73.2.1151-1160.2005].
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