Antibiotic Resistance Determinant-Focused Acinetobacter baumannii Vaccine Designed Using Reverse Vaccinology

Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Feb 21;18(2):458. doi: 10.3390/ijms18020458.


As one of the most influential and troublesome human pathogens, Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) has emerged with many multidrug-resistant strains. After collecting 33 complete A. baumannii genomes and 84 representative antibiotic resistance determinants, we used the Vaxign reverse vaccinology approach to predict classical type vaccine candidates against A. baumannii infections and new type vaccine candidates against antibiotic resistance. Our genome analysis identified 35 outer membrane or extracellular adhesins that are conserved among all 33 genomes, have no human protein homology, and have less than 2 transmembrane helices. These 35 antigens include 11 TonB dependent receptors, 8 porins, 7 efflux pump proteins, and 2 fimbrial proteins (FilF and CAM87009.1). CAM86003.1 was predicted to be an adhesin outer membrane protein absent from 3 antibiotic-sensitive strains and conserved in 21 antibiotic-resistant strains. Feasible anti-resistance vaccine candidates also include one extracellular protein (QnrA), 3 RND type outer membrane efflux pump proteins, and 3 CTX-M type β-lactamases. Among 39 β-lactamases, A. baumannii CTX-M-2, -5, and -43 enzymes are predicted as adhesins and better vaccine candidates than other β-lactamases to induce preventive immunity and enhance antibiotic treatments. This report represents the first reverse vaccinology study to systematically predict vaccine antigen candidates against antibiotic resistance for a microbial pathogen.

Keywords: Acinetobacter baumannii; Vaxign; antibiotic resistance; bioinformatics; reverse vaccinology; vaccine candidate.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter Infections / immunology
  • Acinetobacter Infections / prevention & control
  • Acinetobacter baumannii / drug effects*
  • Acinetobacter baumannii / genetics
  • Acinetobacter baumannii / immunology*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Bacterial Vaccines / immunology*
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial / immunology*
  • Epitopes / chemistry
  • Epitopes / genetics
  • Epitopes / immunology*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Genomics / methods
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Vaccines
  • Epitopes