A recombinant hybrid outer membrane protein for vaccination against Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Vaccine. 1999 Mar 26;17(13-14):1663-6. doi: 10.1016/s0264-410x(98)00420-4.


Among the numerous targets which can be used for the development of vaccines against Pseudomonas aeruginosa we focused on the outer membrane proteins OprF and OprI. The C-terminal part of OprF from aa 190 to aa 350 was investigated for its conservation and its localization of B-cell epitopes. A hybrid protein which combines the protective epitopes of OprF and OprI was expressed in E. coli and was proven to be highly protective against an intraperitoneal challenge with P. aeruginosa by active immunization of immunocompromised mice as well as by passive immunization of SCID mice with specific antisera. A purification procedure of the N-terminal His-tagged hybrid antigen was established using immobilized-metal-affinity chromatography. To evaluate its safety and immunogenicity the recombinant protein was purified for the immunization of human volunteers. The OprF/OprI hybrid protein is considered to be a candidate for a vaccine against P. aeruginosa.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / immunology*
  • Bacterial Vaccines / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / immunology*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / immunology*
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccines, Synthetic / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • Bacterial Vaccines
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Vaccines, Synthetic