Genus-wide Chlamydial Peptide Vaccine Antigens
Peptides generated from a random library that are bound by a monoclonal antibody to Chlamydial glycolipid exoantigen (GLXA) and thus mimic this antigen are disclosed. Peptides that correspond to antigen-binding regions of an anti-idiotypic antibody (mAb2) specific for anti-GLXA antibody (Ab1) which act as molecular mimics of GLXA are also disclosed used as immunogens to induce broadly reactive genus-specific anti-chlamydial antibodies. These peptides and immunogenic DNA encoding the mAb2-like peptides, microparticle or nanoparticle formulations and other formulations of these peptides are disclosed as are methods for immunizing subjects to obtain genus-specific anti-chlamydial antibodies and to treat or prevent Chlamydia-associated or induced rheumatoid arthritis.
WHITTUM-HUDSON JUDITH [US]; HUDSON ALAN P [US]
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