Mice immunized with the <i>emrA1</i> mutant are protected against 1000LD100–10,000LD100 challenge dose of <i>Ft</i> LVS.

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<p>C57BL/6 mice (n = 5–10 per group) were immunized i.n. with 1×10<sup>6</sup> CFU of the <i>emrA1</i> mutant. <b>(A, B)</b> On day 42 of the primary immunization mice were challenged i.n. with 1×10<sup>7</sup> CFU of wild type <i>Ft</i> LVS. Age matched unvaccinated mice challenged with a similar dose of <i>Ft</i> LVS were kept as controls. (<b>C, D)</b> On day 42 of the primary immunization mice were challenged i.n. with 1×10<sup>8</sup> CFU of wild type <i>Ft</i> LVS. Age matched unvaccinated mice challenged with a similar dose of <i>Ft</i> LVS were kept as controls. (<b>E, F)</b> On day 75 of the primary immunization mice were challenged i.n. with 1×10<sup>7</sup> CFU of wild type <i>Ft</i> LVS. Age matched unvaccinated mice challenged with a similar dose of <i>Ft</i> LVS were kept as controls. The Challenged mice were observed for morbidity and mortality for a period of 21 days post-challenge (<b>A, C, E</b>). The mice were weighed at the indicated times post-challenge to monitor the progression of infection (<b>B, D, F</b>). The survival results are expressed as Kaplan-Meier survival curves and P values were determined by Log-rank test. Body weights of mice are expressed percent body weights.</p

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