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Synergistic protection of mice against plague with monoclonal antibodies specific for the F1 and V antigens of Y. pestis

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, Wiltshire SP4 OJQ, United Kingdom.
Infection and Immunity (Impact Factor: 4.16). 05/2003; 71(4):2234-8. DOI: 10.1128/IAI.71.4.2234-2238.2003
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ABSTRACT Monoclonal antibodies specific for Yersinia pestis V antigen and F1 antigen, administered singly or in combination, protected mice in models of bubonic and pneumonic plague. Antibodies showed synergy when administered prophylactically and as a therapy 48 h postinfection. Monoclonal antibodies therefore have potential as a treatment for plague.

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