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Salivary Antigen SP32 Is the Immunodominant Target of the Antibody Response to Phlebotomus papatasi Bites in Humans

  • Soumaya Marzouki,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Maha Abdeladhim,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Chaouki Ben Abdessalem,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Fabiano Oliveira,

    Affiliation: Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Beya Ferjani,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Dana Gilmore,

    Affiliation: Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Hechmi Louzir,

    Affiliations: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie, Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Université Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Jesus G. Valenzuela,

    Affiliation: Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Mélika Ben Ahmed mail

    melika.benahmed@pasteur.rns.tn

    Affiliations: Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie, Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Université Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisie

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  • Published: November 29, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001911

About the Authors

Soumaya Marzouki, Maha Abdeladhim, Chaouki Ben Abdessalem, Beya Ferjani, Hechmi Louzir, Mélika Ben Ahmed
Laboratory of Transmission, Control and Immunobiology of Infection, LR11IPT02, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisie
Fabiano Oliveira, Dana Gilmore, Jesus G. Valenzuela
Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
Hechmi Louzir, Mélika Ben Ahmed
Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Université Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisie

Corresponding Author

Email: melika.benahmed@pasteur.rns.tn

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MBA HL SM JGV FO. Performed the experiments: SM MA CBA DG FO BF. Analyzed the data: MBA SM HL JGV. Wrote the paper: MBA SM HL JGV.