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The oral commensal Streptococcus mitis shows a mixed memory Th cell signature that is similar to and cross-reactive with Streptococcus pneumoniae

Engen, Stian André ; Rukke, Håkon Valen ; Becattini, Simone ; Jarrossay, David ; Blix, Inger Johanne ; Petersen, Fernanda Cristina ; Sallusto, Federica ; Schenck, Karl

In: Plos one, 2017, vol. 9, no. 8, p. e104306

Background: Carriage of and infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae is known to predominantly induce T helper 17 (Th17) responses in humans, but the types of Th cells showing reactivity towards commensal streptococci with low pathogenic potential, such as the oral commensals S. mitis and S. salivarius, remain uncharacterized. Methods: Memory CD4+ T helper (Th) cell subsets were isolated from...

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Antibody-driven design of a human cytomegalovirus gHgLpUL128L subunit vaccine that selectively elicits potent neutralizing antibodies

Kabanovaa, Anna ; Perez, Laurent ; Lilleri, Daniele ; Marcandalli, Jessica ; Agatic, Gloria ; Becattini, Simone ; Preite, Silvia ; Fuschillo, Dario ; Percivalle,Elena ; Sallusto, Federica ; Gerna, Giuseppe ; Corti, Davide ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio

In: Proceedings of the national academy of sciences of the United States of America, 2014, vol. 111, no. 50, p. 17965-17970

The use of neutralizing antibodies to identify the most effective antigen has been proposed as a strategy to design vaccines capable of eliciting protective B-cell immunity. In this study, we analyzed the human antibody response to cytomegalovirus (human cytomegalovirus, HCMV) infection and found that antibodies to glycoprotein (g)B, a surface glycoprotein that has been developed as a HCMV...