Malley believes that an approach focusing on stimulating TH17 cells or IL-17A secretion may also be effective in providing protection against other pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, or Listeria monocytogenes.
"By combining advances in molecular biology, immunology and bioinformatics, the strategy we use at Genocea allows comprehensive, rapid, and unbiased screens of every protein produced by an infectious agent to identify the most effective T cell- stimulating antigens," says Flechtner. "We look forward to our continued collaboration and the development of an improved pneumococcal vaccine."
[NOTE TO REPORTERS: In a 3.5-minute video http://vectorblog.org/affordable-pneumococcal-vaccines-that-work-globally/ Malley gives some background on pneumococcal infection, its effects in the developing world, the challenges of developing useful vaccines, and other vaccine approaches his group is testing.]
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