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Mimotopes selected with a neutralizing antibody against urease B from Helicobacter pylori induce enzyme inhibitory antibodies in mice upon vaccination

Yan Li1, Yunshan Ning1*, Yundan Wang1, Dandan Peng2, Yaodong Jiang3, Lili Zhang4, Min Long5, Jun Luo5 and Ming Li1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou Dadaobei No.1838, Guangzhou, China, 510515

2 Department of Cardiology, Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, Guangzhou, China

3 Department of Urology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

4 Cancer Center, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

5 Department of Microbiology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

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BMC Biotechnology 2010, 10:84  doi:10.1186/1472-6750-10-84

Published: 30 November 2010



Urease B is an important virulence factor that is required for Helicobacter pylori to colonise the gastric mucosa. Mouse monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that inhibit urease B enzymatic activity will be useful as vaccines for the prevention and treatment of H. pylori infection. Here, we produced murine mAbs against urease B that neutralize the enzyme's activity. We mapped their epitopes by phage display libraries and investigated the immunogenicity of the selected mimotopes in vivo.


The urease B gene was obtained (GenBank accession No. DQ141576) and the recombinant pGEX-4T-1/UreaseB protein was expressed in Escherichia coli as a 92-kDa recombinant fusion protein with glutathione-S-transferase (GST). Five mAbs U001-U005 were produced by a hybridoma-based technique with urease B-GST as an immunogen. Only U001 could inhibit urease B enzymatic activity. Immunoscreening via phage display libraries revealed two different mimotopes of urease B protein; EXXXHDM from ph.D.12-library and EXXXHSM from ph.D.C7C that matched the urease B proteins at 347-353 aa. The antiserum induced by selected phage clones clearly recognised the urease B protein and inhibited its enzymatic activity, which indicated that the phagotope-induced immune responses were antigen specific.


The present work demonstrated that phage-displayed mimotopes were accessible to the mouse immune system and triggered a humoral response. The urease B mimotope could provide a novel and promising approach for the development of a vaccine for the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori infection.