Two recombinant strains of Streptococcus gordonii, secreting or displaying a microbicidal single-chain antibody (H6), and stably colonizing rat vagina, were used to treat an experimental vaginitis caused by Candida albicans. A post-challenge intravaginal delivery of the H6-secreting strain was as efficacious as fluconazole in rapidly abating the fungal burden. Three weeks after challenge, 75% and 37.5% of the rats treated with the H6-secreting or displaying bacteria, respectively, were cured of the infection, which persisted in 100% of the animals treated with a S. gordonii strain expressing an irrelevant single-chain antibody. Thus, a human commensal bacterium can be suitably engineered to locally release a therapeutic antibody fragment.

Therapy of mucosal candidiasis by expression of an anti- idiotype in human commensal bacteria

BENINATI, Concetta;TETI, Giuseppe;
2000

Abstract

Two recombinant strains of Streptococcus gordonii, secreting or displaying a microbicidal single-chain antibody (H6), and stably colonizing rat vagina, were used to treat an experimental vaginitis caused by Candida albicans. A post-challenge intravaginal delivery of the H6-secreting strain was as efficacious as fluconazole in rapidly abating the fungal burden. Three weeks after challenge, 75% and 37.5% of the rats treated with the H6-secreting or displaying bacteria, respectively, were cured of the infection, which persisted in 100% of the animals treated with a S. gordonii strain expressing an irrelevant single-chain antibody. Thus, a human commensal bacterium can be suitably engineered to locally release a therapeutic antibody fragment.
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