Multidisciplinary Approaches to Study O-Antigen: Antibody Recognition in Support of the Development of Synthetic Carbohydrate-Based Enteric Vaccines

  • François-Xavier Theillet
  • Pierre Chassagne
  • Muriel Delepierre
  • Armelle Phalipon
  • Laurence A. MulardEmail author


Enteric infections, including bacterium-induced diarrhoeal diseases, represent a major health burden worldwide. In developed countries, infectious diarrhoea contributes primarily to morbidity. It remains the second leading cause of death in children below 5 years of age living in the developing world (Cheng et al. 2005; You et al. 2010). It is anticipated that improved living conditions will contribute to diminish the transmission of enteric pathogens and lower the incidence of enteric diseases. In the meantime, the introduction of vaccines could play an active part in reducing the vulnerability of the target populations to the predominant enteric pathogens. Along this line, Shigella, ETEC, cholera, and typhoid fever were identified by WHO since the early 1990s as the highest bacterial disease priorities for the development of new or improved enteric vaccines. Substantial progress was made (Levine 2006). In this context, polysaccharide-based parenteral vaccines have been investigated with some success. The licensure of the purified capsular Vi polysaccharide against typhoid fever was an important achievement, especially since recent evidence of herd protection conferred by the vaccine has highlighted the benefit of large-scale use in endemic countries (Khan et al. 2010). Moreover, encouraging investigational studies on a Vi polysaccharide–protein conjugate vaccine, which could be introduced into the infant immunization schedule, were reported (Canh et al. 2004; Cui et al. 2010).


Conjugate Vaccine Capsular Polysaccharide Immunodominant Epitope Glycoconjugate Vaccine Protein Conjugate Vaccine 
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We wish to thank all the former and present collaborators who participated in our own V. cholerae and Shigella LPS-based vaccine programs. We warmly thank Prof. Philippe J. Sansonetti for his unfailing support and Dr. Marie-Aline Bloch for her trust in the SF2a project. L.M. is extremely grateful to Dr. Cornelis P.J. Glaudemans, Dr. Paul Kovac, Dr. John B. Robbins and Dr. Rachel Schneerson for their valuable role in instigating her interest for the field of synthetic OS-based vaccines.

Besides support from the Institut Pasteur, our work has been funded by the following agencies and fundations: NIH (to L.M.), Ministère Français de la Recherche, DGA, FRM, CANAM, KOSEF, ANR, Ms Frank Howard fellowship, Roux fellowship, Vasant & Kusum Joshi fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • François-Xavier Theillet
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Pierre Chassagne
    • 1
    • 4
  • Muriel Delepierre
    • 1
    • 2
  • Armelle Phalipon
    • 5
    • 6
  • Laurence A. Mulard
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Insitut Pasteur, Unité de Chimie des BiomoléculesParis Cedex 15France
  2. 2.CNRS URA 2185, Institut PasteurParisFrance
  3. 3.Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)BerlinGermany
  4. 4.Université Paris Descartes 12 rue de l’Ecole de MédecineParisFrance
  5. 5.Institut Pasteur, Unité de Pathogénie Microbienne MoléculaireParis Cedex 15France
  6. 6.INSERM U786, Institut PasteurParisFrance

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